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"RAIN RAIN GO AWAY"
English 8th grade
Terms in this set (22)
The central theme of the story
Things are not always as they seem
The central conflict of the story
The Sakkaros and their environment
The climax of the story
The Sakkaros run to avoid the rain
The resolution of the story
The Sakkaros melt
The significance of the title
The rain is unwanted; It is also ironic because the title is taken from a children's song and the story is anything but sweet and innocent, as children are
Character traits of the Sakkaros and the Wrights
Sakkaros: polite; meticulous; keep to themselves/ Wrights: Lillian is nosy; George: doesn't seem to care much about gossip; Tommie: loves to play ball
Elements of foreshadowing and imagery
Foreshadowing: Sakkaros' obsession with weather; they only eat cotton candy
Imagery: description of cotton candy and weather
What are the new neighbors always doing?
The new neighbors are always sunbathing. In addition to this, they seem to like to keep to themselves.
Why does Lillian find the Sakkaro family strange?
Lillian never sees Mr. Sakkaro go to work. Mrs. Sakkaro is always looking at the sky and once called her son back into the house when there were no clouds at all.
What is George doing while Lillian is expressing her worries about the Sakkaros? What can we infer about what George thinks about Lillian's concerns based on his behavior?
George is watching baseball on television. He is dismissive about Lillian's concerns and is intent to watch his baseball game.
Describe the Sakkaro's home.
The Sakkaro's home is extremely clean and organized. It seems as though the kitchen had never been used.
Is there anything odd about the way Mrs. Sakkaro gets Lillian a glass of water?
Mrs. Sakkaro pours the water slowly from the tap and does not spill a single drop into the sink. It seems as though she has an extreme fear of water.
What does Mr. Sakkaro bring with him to Murphy's park?
Mr. Sakkaro brings a pocket-radio, presumably to listen to the weather report.
Why is George gloomy when he thinks that the Sakkaros might be wealthy?
George feels as though he has to compare to Mr. Sakkaro and that he will have impossible standards set for himself.
What seems to be the only thing that the Sakkaros will eat? How do they respond when offered other things?
The Sakkaros will only eat cotton candy and act almost afraid or insulted if offered anything else.
How do the Sakkaros act on the way home?
The Sakkaros are nervous and distraught. The boy is concerned that the barometer is falling and Mrs. Sakkaro tucks her chin in her hand and asks George to drive faster.
What happens when the Sakkaros are caught in the rain?
The Sakkaros melt as though they were made of sugar (because they are)!
Identify an instance of foreshadowing from the story.
The Sakkaros always checking the weather
The Sakkaros going in when it gets cloudy
The Sakkaros only eating cotton candy
What is the rising action? What events build up the tension in the story?
everything from Mrs. Wright inviting the Sakkaros to Murphy's Park through the drive home. The events that build up the tension are the outing in the park, the constant checking of the weather, and the hurried drive home.
What is the setting? How does Asimov use setting to build tension in the story?
a suburban neighborhood and Murphy's Park. The Sakkaros are definitely not from Arizona. They are probably alien creatures who have come to Earth to study human nature. Their financial independence, strange diet, and unearthly composition suggests extraterrestrial composition.
Discuss the irony at the end of the story.
As Mrs. Wright is saying, "You would think they were made of sugar and afraid that they would melt", the Sakkaros actually melt.
Why is the story told from Mrs. Wright's point of view?
The story is told from Mrs. Wright's point of view so that the reader doesn't learn the true identity of the Sakkaros until the very end.
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