Waiting for 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 is Joseph's mother's employer?

2. After reading some books, how does Tengo begin to think about Oom Koos and Frikkie?

3. Why does Joseph visit the farm?

4. What is a kraal?

5. Whom does Frikkie's cousin order to clean up the mess on the floor at the party?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Joseph?

2. How do the oubaas twist the story of the Great Trek told to Frikkie and Tengo?

3. Why does Tengo have to ignore his mother's feelings before he departs for school?

4. What do Dr. and Mrs. Miller agree to give to Tengo for his education?

5. What does Tengo devote his time to when school starts again?

6. What reason does the reverend give Tengo on the importance of him continuing his education?

7. How much time has passed since the last chapter and what does Tengo no longer note about living in Johannesburg?

8. What does Tengo think about what the protesters believe the whites will never allow blacks to have?

9. What are some of the things that Tengo learns about city life for black people from Joseph?

10. Why does Tengo spend his school breaks studying with the help of a local preacher?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses several instances of foreshadowing in the stories. Explain the concept of foreshadowing and cite at least two examples making sure to explain what makes each an instance of foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Create a character study of Frikkie. What are his physical characteristics? What are his motivations? What are his fears? What are his dreams? What else can you say about Frikkie?

Essay Topic 3

Hatred seems to be almost an unnamed character in the book. How pervasive is the sense of hatred? Why does it have such a prevalent place in the characters' lives? Explain how an inanimate object or characteristic can be a character.

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