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. At first, Frikkie's _________________ sister can read faster than Tengo can.

2. What does Frikkie's cousin drop on the floor during the party?

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

4. How many children has Tengo's mother lost?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Frikkie have to do after completing his education and what does he learn about Tengo's plans for schooling?

2. Who is Frikkie?

3. Why is Tengo conflicted about his personal desires and the issues for the greater good?

4. How is Dr. Miller starkly different from the oubaas and his wife?

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

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

7. Why is Tengo not permitted to attend school and how does he feel about that?

8. What arises which makes Tengo lose focus on his studies?

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

10. Why does Joseph's offer to help Tengo continue his education bring such relief to Tengo?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Who are two of Gordon's characters in this book who appeal to you the most? What is it about these characters that you like? What are their weaknesses? How about redeeming qualities? Are Gordon's characters believable in your opinion? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Choose three characters from the book and then project into the future ten years and write a brief synopsis for their lives. Be sure to include geography, marital status, work, socialization, etc.

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