The Art of Racing in the Rain Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Garth Stein
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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 believes that Eve is too good for Denny in Chapter 15?

2. What does Enzo refer to crows as in Chapter 13?

3. What is Denny's last name in the novel?

4. What is regarded as the most intelligent breed of dog?

5. It is Zoë's first day of what in Chapter 22?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Enzo sent to Mike and Tony's in Chapter 19? What happens with Enzo's toy there?

2. How does Eve's character evolve in Chapter 26? What has she learned in the narrative?

3. How does the relationship between Enzo and Eve develop in Chapter 23?

4. What does Denny propose to Eve in Chapter 16? What is Eve's response?

5. What is Denny's racing career like in Chapter 16? How does this relate to Eve's illness?

6. How is Enzo introduced in Chapter 1? What is Enzo's greatest concern in this chapter? What does Enzo want to hold onto?

7. Describe the character of Annika. How is she introduced in Chapter 25? What is foreshadowed in this chapter?

8. How has the relationship between Enzo and Eve evolved in Chapter 12? What do Eve's fears reveal about her character?

9. How does Enzo eat and use the restroom in Chapter 11? How long is he left alone?

10. How is humor used as a stylistic element in the novel? What purpose does it serve in terms of the novel's themes?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the characters of Mike and Tony and Enzo's experiences staying with them. How does Enzo feel about these characters? How do Mike and Tony relate to Enzo and to Denny? What does Enzo learn from the incident with his favorite toy?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze Enzo as the protagonist of the novel. How is Enzo's nature revealed in Chapters 10 and 11? How does Enzo reflect complexity and multi-dimensionality as a character? What heroic qualities does he exhibit? How does Enzo's character evolve in the course of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss the actions of Enzo in Chapters 46 and 47. Why does Enzo run into traffic? What does he philosophize about as he faces death? Why does Enzo relate Ayrton Senna's story as he approaches the hospital and potentially, his demise? How did Senna die?

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