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

2. What job has Ruth taken since seeing Harry?

3. Where does Rabbit brag about having eaten Chinese food?

4. What does Harry pick up from his mother-in-law's house?

5. What color car does Jack Eccles drive?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Janice's attitude toward Rabbit conflicted at this point?

3. Why does Janice begin drinking so heavily in this section?

4. Describe Janice Angstrom.

5. Why do Tothero and Margaret leave dinner early?

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

7. How is Mrs. Springer's greeting to Harry different from everyone else's?

8. Describe Harry Angstrom.

9. In what state is Janice when Harry comes to her room?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Janice Angstrom's inner struggle with her own self-image. How does her relationship with Harry affect the way in which she views herself? In what way do her children serve as surrogates for her husband? Why does she turn to alcohol so often to cope with life? Explore these questions as you chart her character's arc.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Harry Angstrom is often little more than a lost child in the novel. He constantly searches for a mentor, someone who can simply tell him the right way. Write an essay about three people Harry looks to for guidance. How do these people come into his life, and why does he look up to them? What advice do they give him? Does it help?

Part 1) Marty Tothero

Part 2) Jack Eccles

Part 3) Mr. Springer

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