Rabbit Is Rich 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 was the name of the street Harry lived on with Ruth?

2. Where has Nelson been spending the summer?

3. Why does Harry think his parents never sent him to summer camps?

4. What is the name of the farm that Harry is looking for?

5. Where does Harry stop to inquire about the farm?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Charlie say to Harry about Nelson?

2. How does Nelson react to Campbell's presence?

3. What do Harry and Janice say about Nelson when they are alone?

4. Why has Nelson never forgiven his father for the fire at his old house?

5. How did Old Springer used to run Springer Motors?

6. Why is Pru's visit a shock for Harry?

7. What does Harry think about the Springer's house?

8. What problem does Nelson have with Pru?

9. What is Harry's role at Springer Motors?

10. Describe Harry's circle of friends at the country club?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Rabbit books greatly influenced modern literature. Choose a book that you think was influenced by the novel and discuss its similarities with the novel in terms of the following:

1) Plot

2) Character

3) Themes.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the author's writing style. How would you describe Updike's prose style? What kind of vocabulary does he use? What meaning does Updike's style give to the story?

Essay Topic 3

Write a 500-word essay revolving around one of the following statements:

1) John Updike celebrates American middle class life and presents Harry as having no conflict with being part of the middle classes, despite his working class background.

2) Even in middle-age Harry is emotionally immature and refuses to understand his son.

3) Nelson's relationship with Harry is too cliché to have any emotional impact on the reader.

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