The Art of Racing in the Rain Test | Final 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. In Chapter 30, Enzo remarks on the importance of a smart strategy and not just what?

2. Denny's new lawyer tells Denny that Maxwell and Trish are suing him for what in Chapter 45?

3. Where does Denny tell Zoë that he will be racing for a few months in Chapter 38?

4. Denny explains to whom the consequences of her filing charges and how he may lose his daughter altogether in Chapter 51?

5. Enzo assures the reader that he has watched enough of what television show to be fairly conversant in legal matters in Chapter 32?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Enzo's health problems progress in Chapter 51? How does he feel about his situation?

2. How are Maxwell and Trish established as the antagonists of the novel in Chapter 44?

3. What does Enzo encounter when he is returned to Denny in Chapter 35? What do they do together?

4. Where do Denny and Enzo begin walking in Chapter 36? How does Enzo describe the walk?

5. What is the meaning of Enzo's metaphor to race car driving in Chapter 30?

6. What does Denny's lawyer try to convince him to do in Chapter 43? How is the case against Denny building?

7. In what ways does the plot progress in Chapter 29? What actions and motivations are revealed in this chapter?

8. What is the purpose of Enzo's story of Ayrton Senna in Chapter 47?

9. What does Denny discover about Zoë in Chapter 42? What leads to this discovery?

10. What does Enzo discover about Trish's motivations and thoughts in Chapter 39?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze the motif of memory in the novel. What do memories mean to Enzo? What is represented by Enzo's memory of dancing with Zoë in Chapter 20? Why does Enzo want to hold onto these memories?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the character of Eve in the novel. How does Enzo feel about Eve when they first meet? How does Eve feel about Enzo? How does this relationship evolve in the course of the reading? What are Eve's feelings regarding her parents? How is her relationship with Denny described?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and discuss Enzo's relationship with Zoë in the novel. How does this relationship evolve? What understanding does Enzo gain of Zoë's hopes and fears in Chapters 38 and 39? How does Zoë feel about her father's absence?

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