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. Who does Izzy say Rachel should have been named for?

2. What does Rachel describe happening in Chapter 2 at the kitchen table?

3. Who calls Rachel when she is home alone in Chapter 9?

4. What is one of the things that Eva asked Izzy to do after she died?

5. What book does Rachel say she read five times when she was ten years old?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Rachel and Lewis's first interactions.

2. How do the Coopers usually spend Sunday mornings?

3. What does Rachel learn about Coach Al?

4. What is the mood like in the Cooper's house in Chapter 14?

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

6. What does the doctor say is wrong with Grandpa Izzy after his initial tests?

7. What shows the growing relationship between Rachel and Izzy in Chapter 25?

8. What is the tone of Rachel and Lewis's first two phone calls?

9. Why does Rachel think that something is wrong with her in Chapter 13?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Grandpa Izzy dies leaving a legacy of ill feelings behind him. How would the story have progressed differently if Izzy had resolved his issues with Jeremy and Lenny before he died? Examine the impact this might have had on key characters in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the feelings that Rachel expresses in her journal, to those she express in her letters to Jeremy, and to those feelings that the author narrates. Be sure to refer to specific examples in the story to illustrate the differences between the expression of her feelings in these different formats.

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