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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. Why does Rabbit make Ruth leave the door open when she uses the toilet?

2. What would Mrs. Smith tell her husband to plant rather than flowers?

3. What service does Harry request of the farmer in addition to gas?

4. From what television show does Rabbit admit stealing his religious analogy about the tree and the waterfall?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mr. Springer tell Harry when they first talk after Rebecca's death?

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

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

4. What non-Christian statement does Mrs. Smith regret making?

5. How strong a golfer is Rabbit compared to Eccles?

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

7. Why does Harry leave Janice at the end of this section?

8. Why does Jack Eccles despair after his visits to the Springers, Angstroms, and Kruppenbach?

9. How does Ruth respond to Harry's decision to join his wife in the hospital?

10. What does Harry realize about Tothero as they leave the Sunshine gym?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The world of RABBIT, RUN is one in which the past and present become intermingled. Harry constantly looks to the past for inspiration and comfort. Other people look back with a certain sadness. Write an essay about the past's role in the novel:

Part 1) How do Harry and Janice look back on the beginning of their relationship with a mixture of yearning and disdain? What did each expect from the relationship? How did the birth of Nelson change things?

Part 2) What is the high point of Harry Angstrom's life? What memory from this high water mark does he repeatedly recall throughout the novel? What does this memory do for him?

Part 3) What specific episodes from Ruth's past does she recall as she lays by the swimming pool with Harry? How do these memories inform her expectations from Harry? What does she expect and fear?

Essay Topic 2

Harry Angstrom feels terrorized by both his parents and his in-laws. They, in turn, are sharply and painfully divided in their opinions to of his actions. Write an essay regarding the parents in RABBIT, RUN, dividing them into those that fiercely support Harry and those that grow to revile him. Why do some stick by him? What does he mean to these people?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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