Rabbit, Run 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 does Eccles call Harry after the latter suggests he is on a quest?

2. Which of the following is not a person that Ruth mentions at the pool when explaining why Harry thinks he has it good?

3. About how old was Mrs. Smith's son when he was killed in World War II?

4. In front of what building does Rabbit park his car after returning to Mt. Judge?

5. What is the only map that the farmer has in his service station?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the significance of the title of the novel, particularly regarding the final passages.

2. What non-Christian statement does Mrs. Smith regret making?

3. What does Mr. Springer tell Harry when they first talk after Rebecca's death?

4. Describe Harry's dream at the beginning of this section.

5. Why do Tothero and Margaret leave dinner early?

6. Describe Ruth's high school relationship with Harrison.

7. Describe the argument Harry has with Ruth about her going to the bathroom.

8. Describe Janice Angstrom.

9. What factors cause Harry to storm out of Club Castanet?

10. What events lead to Harry's giving up his southward trek?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harry Angstrom is a classic American man-child, a grown figure who has not been able to develop emotionally past his adolescence. Write an essay about the stunted development of Harry, focusing on his relationship to those older than him and to women. Who does he look to for guidance, and how does he expect it to be given? What is his attitude toward sex and fidelity?

Essay Topic 2

The specter of death is ambiguous in RABBIT, RUN. It is at once remote and inconceivable, and sudden and horrific. Some characters have come to expect it at any moment, while others are suddenly struck down by it. Focusing on Tothero, Mrs. Smith, and Rebecca Angstrom, write an essay on death in the novel. How do characters understand the end of their lives? How do survivors cope with it?

Essay Topic 3

Midway through the novel, Harry Angstrom is completely at ease with his abandonment of his family. He believes that the universe wants him to seek out his own way, and to hell with the rest. Write an essay charting Harry's attitude toward personal responsibility, Who does he think pays the price for his decisions? What occurs that makes him change his mind? What is his attitude at the end of the novel?

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