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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. How long has Rabbit been separated from Janice at the beginning of this section?

2. What building is directly across the street from Ruth's apartment building?

3. What job has Ruth taken since seeing Harry?

4. Why does Rabbit make Ruth leave the door open when she uses the toilet?

5. What major news is Ruth scared to tell Harry in this section?

Short Essay Questions

1. What has Rabbit decided about Ruth by the end of this section?

2. How does Ruth make fun of Harry regarding Chinese food?

3. What obstacles does Rabbit face trying to retrieve his clothes?

4. What is Harry's work situation after he returns home?

5. How does Jack Eccles ensure he will see Harry again?

6. Why is Joyce Eccles afraid?

7. What does Harry realize about Tothero as they leave the Sunshine gym?

8. Describe Ruth Leonard.

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

10. Why does Mrs. Angstrom feel no pity for Janice?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Children play a strange and ambiguous part in RABBIT, RUN. They represent a primal state, one that needs and hurts in equal measure. Write an essay on the role of children in the novel, divided into three parts:

Part 1) In Harry's absence, Nelson plays with Billy Fosnacht at Mrs. Springer's house. How do the boys interact? What regulatory role does Mrs. Springer play in this situation, and how does this reflect an attitude toward children that no longer exists?

Part 2) What is Lucy Eccles' attitude toward children? How is it informed by her strict adherence to Freud? How does it place her into constant conflict with her husband?

Part 3) What role does Rebecca Angstrom play in the world of the novel? Does she bring the Angstroms together, tear them apart, or both?

Essay Topic 2

The novel is largely told from Harry Angstrom's point of view, and much of his time is spent contending with the women in his life. Write an essay on Harry's ambivalent attitude toward women in three parts:

Part 1) What does Janice Angstrom represent to her husband throughout the novel? Why are they continually at odds with each other? What does Harry actually like about his wife?

Part 2) On of the strangest and most dangerous relationships that Harry has is with Lucy Eccles What is so precarious about their interactions? What do they seem to want from each other, and what stands in the way of this?

Part 3) To what extend is Ruth Leonard a happy medium for Harry between his wife and someone like Lucy Eccles? Why is he so happy for the time he is with her? What destroys this happiness?

Essay Topic 3

Jack Eccles is one of the more dynamic figures in the novel. He represents a new attitude toward religion and its place in a modern world. Write an essay about Jack Eccles and his struggle with both the extremely traditional view of his vocation (as represented by Reverend Kruppenbach) and the secular modernist view (as represented by his wife). How does Eccles' relationship with Harry make manifest this inner struggle to understand his own faith?

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