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 is Ruth reading when Harry returns to her apartment?

2. What is the name of the kitchen gadget Rabbit demonstrates?

3. What does Harry borrow from Tothero before they go to eat dinner?

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

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

3. Describe Janice Angstrom.

4. How has Nelson dealt with Harry's absence, according to Janice?

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

6. Describe Rabbit's run to the hospital.

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

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

9. Why does Harry fear he has killed a second child while speaking to Ruth?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the theme of forgiveness in the novel. Harry Angstrom is constantly relying upon the willingness of people around him to forgive him his transgressions. Who refuses this forgiveness? Who is willing to give him more leeway, and how does he repay this good faith? Do people who forgive him in the novel seem naive? To what extent does the world consider Harry an exception?

Essay Topic 2

Updike spends quite a bit of time in the novel dealing with the mechanics and politics of sexual intercourse. Write an essay comparing his two extended sex scenes: Harry's first night with Ruth Leonard, and Harry's aborted attempt to have sex with Janice after she gives birth. What does Harry want in these scenes? What do the women want? How does each participant try to gain the upper hand? What is Updike saying about the nature of inter-gender communication?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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