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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 Ruth bring to Harry when she returns from the bathroom at the end of this section?

2. Which of the follow is not something Ruth lists as something johns get from her but not from their wives?

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

4. What does Ruth say is different about her sex with Rabbit?

5. Who does Lucy Eccles revere as a God?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Ruth sick and nervous of late?

3. Describe Nelson Angstrom.

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

5. What job does Ruth now have and why did she get it?

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

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

8. Describe Janice Angstrom.

9. How is Harry greeted at the hospital?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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