After the Rain Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Shirley mad at Rachel in Chapter 13?

2. What does Rachel do to occupy her mind while walking with Izzy after school in Chapter 20?

3. What does Dr. North give Shirley before she and Rachel leave his office?

4. What does Grandpa Izzy do every day?

5. What does Shirley tell Manny she wants in Chapter 18?

Short Essay Questions

1. What kind of a person is Helena?

2. Describe Izzy and Rachel's bus trip.

3. Is Rachel mature or immature?

4. Why did Uncle Lenny and Izzy have a falling out?

5. Explain why Rachel feels trapped into walking with Grandpa Izzy in Chapter 20.

6. What does Izzy tell Rachel about his handprint in Chapter 29?

7. Describe Rachel and Lewis's first interactions.

8. Based on his actions in Chapter 12, is Lewis a sympathetic person?

9. How do the Coopers usually spend Sunday mornings?

10. Describe the dinner when Izzy cooks for Rachel.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In some ways Lewis is a typical teenager and in others he shows maturity beyond his years.

1) Why do you think Lewis is able to be so supportive of Rachel during her grandfather's illness?

2) How does Lewis react to life as a stereotypical teenager in the novel?

3) Analyze the fact that Rachel's first boyfriend helps her through her first experience of death.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one question to answer:

1) What if Dr. North had told Izzy about his impending death, rather than just Shirley? Explain how the event of the story might have unfolded differently.

2) How would the story have been different if it was Rachel, rather than Izzy, who was dying of cancer?

3) Analyze what the future would hold for Rachel and Izzy if the old man had recovered and lived?

Essay Topic 3

Parent-Child relationships play an important part in After the Rain.

1) Select a parent child relationship from the story and explain how both the parent and the child impact each others' lives.

2) Decide who you think the best and worst parents in the story are. Compare and contrast the two characters.

3) Take the two parents you selected in number two. Reverse your answer and write a defense of the worst parent as a good parent and of the best parent as a bad parent.

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