Don't get me to lying jkath!
I don't use a bread machine - although I did look at them a few years ago. It appears that "rapid" on one may not be the same as on another. For example - rapid on one brand ment it only proofed once ... on another it proofed twice, but for a shorter time than the full cycle.
I'm afraid I'm going to have to fall back on Norm's famous words on "This Old House" ... be sure to read, understand, and follow the instructions that come with your tools.
From what I understand on the yeast question ... bread machine yeast is an instant yeast .... it doesn't have to be mixed with water and proofed first.