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. What animal has Tengo crafted out of clay?

2. What does Tengo's mother ask Joseph's mother to send?

3. What is in the box that arrives for Tengo?

4. Why does Joseph visit the farm?

5. What does Frikkie ask Tengo to get from his bedroom one day?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Frikkie adjust to the changes occurring in his world?

2. What is the source of Tengo's angry moods?

3. Why is Tengo's need to make a choice a sad and unfair situation?

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

5. With whom does Tengo continue his studies after the schools reopen?

6. Who is Tengo?

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

8. What does Tengo encounter one day when he arrives at school?

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

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

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 2

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 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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