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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 type of flower garden does Eccles secure Harry a job tending?

2. To what does Mrs. Smith twice compare the Bianchi that she and her husband brought in from New York?

3. During what Catholic holy day does this section of reading take place?

4. What television show do Janis and Harry watch?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Harry take off his shoes on his walk up Mt. Judge?

2. Describe Janice Angstrom.

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

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

5. Why does Rabbit leave his car at Janice's apartment?

6. How is Harry greeted at the hospital?

7. Why do Tothero and Margaret leave dinner early?

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

9. How does Harry find out that his child has died?

10. What excuse does Janice make to her father regarding Harry?

Essay 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

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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