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. Where do Rachel's parents go in Chapter 9?

2. Why does Rachel argue with Lewis after their first kiss?

3. What reason does Rachel gives for ending the interview for the school paper in Chapter 11?

4. In Chapter 9, what does Rachel forget to tell her mother?

5. What else does Izzy say to Rachel every day after their walks when they reach his apartment lobby?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Rachel's first kiss.

3. Describe Alice Farnum's appearance.

4. Describe Rachel and Lewis's first interactions.

5. Describe the relationship between Rachel and Jeremy.

6. Is Rachel mature or immature?

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

8. How does Shirley feel about the weekly visit to Izzy's after she first learns he has cancer?

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

10. What does Rachel learn about Coach Al?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Rachel matures, she starts to see the people in her life as individual humans, rather than as the roles they play like parent or grandparent. What events occur to help Rachel see Shirley, Manny, and Izzy as people she can empathize with rather than merely as mom, dad, and grandfather? Write at least a paragraph to describe what happens to alter Rachel's perception of these characters.

Essay Topic 2

Select one of these options to write about:

1) Explain why you think visual imagery, symbolism, or irony is the most important literary technique in the novel.

2) Analyze animal metaphors in the story.

Essay Topic 3

The role of a caregiver can be overwhelming, yet rewarding. Select 3 characters in After the Rain who filled a caregiver role and explain how the story would have been altered if each person was not included in it. Explain how each person did or did not gain from their role as caregiver.

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