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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 state did Charlie take Melanie to before taking her to Ohio?
2. What will Charlie have to do when Nelson comes into the business?
3. What does Janice say when Harry says they screwed up Nelson?
4. What exercise has Harry started doing?
5. Why did Harry's coach like Ronnie better?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Harry cope with sailing the tiller?
2. What does Ma Springer call the family into the living room to talk about?
3. How does Harry's night with Thelma change him?
4. What does Charlie tell Harry about the situation with Nelson?
5. How does Harry react when he sees Charlie back at work?
6. How does Janice react when she sees the gold coins?
7. What happens when Harry tries to visit Ruth again in chapter 3?
8. What do Pru and Nelson do in Brewer?
9. Why does Nelson like Pru?
10. What do Nelson and Brew do at Slim's party?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare Rabbit's character to the person he is a the beginning of the story to the person he is at the end of the story:
1) What does Rabbit hope to achieve at the beginning of the story?
2) What events changes Rabbit ideas about life?
3) How has Rabbit's character changed by the end of the novel?
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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