Waiting for the Rain Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sheila Gordon
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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. What does Frikkie give the girls to assure that they don't tell anyone about Tengo's outburst?

2. At what age did Tengo and Frikkie become friends?

3. Who is Joseph?

4. What does Tengo do when Frikkie and the oubaas have their tea?

5. Where did the author live as a child?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Frikkie behave when encountering Tengo's anger when a girl insults an elder at the birthday party?

3. How does Tengo feel as he learns more and more about how his ancestors were treated?

4. How easily does Tengo pick up the skill of reading?

5. Why can Tengo not defend his people to the oubaas regarding the story of the Great Trek?

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

7. How are the differences between blacks and whites exhibited in the characters of Frikkie and Tengo?

8. Why is Frikkie given so much respect on his uncle's farm?

9. What is inside the large box that arrives for Tengo?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of women in South Africa in the late-20th century when the women in the book are living their lives. What precedents do they feel compelled to follow? What restrictions do they have? What freedoms did they have that 21st century women do not have?

Essay Topic 2

The author uses more than one iteration on the theme of man's inhumanity to man. Identify at least two characters in the book who either embody or experience man's inhumanity to man then cite an example to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Select an instance of symbolism from the book and explain its significance.

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