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. Who does Harry buy $11,000 worth of gold from?

2. What was Ruth's surname?

3. What does Archie Campbell come to talk to the family about?

4. Who has Janice been arguing with when Harry arrives?

5. What was the name of the street Harry lived on with Ruth?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Janice not want to buy a house?

2. What does Ruth tell Harry about Annabel?

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

4. What does Harry now think of Nelson?

5. What was notable about the newspaper clipping Harry received about Skeeter?

6. How does Pru injure herself?

7. What does Harry work out about the bookkeeping?

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

9. How does Ruth react to seeing Harry at the door?

10. What do Harry and Nelson argue about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the author's life. In what way is his life and personality reflected in the book? In what ways is he like or unlike the main character?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Examine the novel's chronological setting:

1) What were the main concerns during the 1980s? How does Updike express these concerns?

2) How would Updike change the novel if it was set in today's society?

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