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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 find odd about Rabbit's underpants?

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

3. On what minor success does Eccles congratulate Harry during their golf game?

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

5. According to Harry in the very end of the section, what will others do if you follow your heart?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What disagreement do Harry and Ruth have regarding religion?

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

4. Describe Ruth Leonard.

5. What is Mrs. Smith's attitude regarding her garden?

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

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

8. What has Harry decided about God by the end of the novel?

9. What does Harry Angstrom confess to Eccles that he believes is his place in the universe?

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

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

Updike spends much time creating the world of the novel with evocative descriptions of Mt. Judge and Brewer. This area of Pennsylvania is as much a character of the novel as any person. Write an essay about the setting of the novel. How does Harry Angstrom react to it? What does he feel about it? Does anyone in the novel every leave the area? How many people express any desire to do so?

Essay Topic 3

Updike's novel is the story of a man unable to commit to any way of life for fear that a better option exists somewhere else. Write an essay about this fear, focusing on three of Rabbit's frantic flights:

Part 1) At the beginning of the novel, Rabbit abruptly abandons his family to drive south. What is he hoping to find on this journey? Why does it fail? How does Rabbit's interaction with a gas station attendant portend this failure?

Part 2) Why does Rabbit decide to leave Ruth? What does he think he leaves behind with this abandonment? What does he leave behind in reality?

Part 3) The final pages of Rabbit, Run contain a frantic flight in all directions for the protagonist. What is he trying to escape? How do neither of his two homes contain this goal? Where is Rabbit left at the end of the novel?

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