71 pages 2 hours read

Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2012

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During Reading

Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer Questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.


Reading Check

1. What sport does Park practice?

2. What ethnicity is Park’s mom?

3. What type of books does Park read on the bus?

4. How many siblings does Eleanor share a room with?

5. What do the girls stick to Eleanor’s gym locker?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. Other than her physical size, what are two things about Eleanor’s appearance for which tormentors like Tina bully her?

2. On what assignment does Eleanor excel in English class?

3. Why doesn’t Eleanor intervene when Richie physically and verbally abuses her mother?

Paired Resource

Alan Moore: Comic Writer

  • Alan Moore is a well-known comic book writers in the DC Universe. His comic books create a connection between Eleanor and Park.
  • Why might comic books of the genre and style Moore writes be so important to Park (and later Eleanor)? Base your response on their characterizations so far.

Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou

  • This is the poem Eleanor recites during her English class assignment.
  • Eleanor’s likely interpretation of the poem connects with the theme of Bullying.