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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 information about his situation is Harry surprised to hear that Eccles knows?

2. Who does Harry think Lucy Eccles is when he arrives at her house?

3. Where is Harry's son, according to Janis?

4. On the way to meet their girls, to what animal does Tothero compare women?

5. What is Ruth reading when Harry returns to her apartment?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Ruth Leonard.

2. What does Joyce Eccles call Harry, and why?

3. How does Harry ruin his daughter's funeral?

4. How is Harry and Lucy's first meeting dangerous?

5. Describe Tothero's living arrangements.

6. How does Harry meet up with Tothero?

7. Why does Harry resent Ruth's going to the bathroom after sex?

8. Why does Harry leave Janice at the end of this section?

9. Describe Lucy Eccles.

10. Why does Harry think Lucy Eccles is flirting with him at church?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

If Harry Angstrom is a child in a man's body, Ruth Leonard becomes a woman very early in her life. She is the pragmatic center of the novel, a survivor. Write an essay about Ruth's objectives throughout the novel. Why does she decide to take Harry back to her apartment, and why does she let him stay? What in her past has prepared her for the worst this man can offer? What does she do when she realizes he has left her, and how does she react when he returns?

Essay Topic 2

The novel RABBIT, RUN contains much discussion of the elusive nature of faith. Harry struggles with the idea of the divine for a long time, unable to explain it to anyone, even himself. Write an essay on faith in the novel, in three parts:

Part 1) Ruth, an agnostic, is sickened by the church across the street from her apartment. How does Harry defend the idea of God in both her apartment and atop Mt. Judge? What was he raised believing?

Part 2) As Jack Eccles and Harry play golf, Harry explains the reason for his leaving home. To what extent is Harry's initial journey from his family a religious pilgrimage? What does he seek?

Part 3) Examine how the death of Rebecca Angstrom affects Harry's faith. How does he reconcile his notion of God with the senseless death of his child?

Essay Topic 3

John Updike - like Charles Dickens - makes use of evocative names to project character in this novel. Write an essay about three of these names. How do they reflect the essential personality of the person they denote? What does the reader expect with he or she reads these names?

Part 1) Harry Angstrom (strom means storm in German)

Part 2) Marty Tothero (tother means "the other" in Middle English)

Part 3) Jack Eccles

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