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. About how old was Mrs. Smith's son when he was killed in World War II?

2. What drink is Janis drinking when Harry returns home?

3. Where is Rabbit's intended destination?

4. How long has Rabbit been separated from Janice at the beginning of this section?

5. Which of the following is not a city that Harry tries to avoid as he drives south?

Short Essay Questions

1. What events lead to Harry's giving up his southward trek?

2. Describe Ruth Leonard.

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

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

5. How does Harry interact with Mrs. Springer after coming home?

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

7. How does Harry run into Tothero in this section?

8. What does Reverend Kruppenbach believe is the true vocation of a preacher?

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

10. Why is Ruth sick and nervous of late?

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

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

John Updike - like Charles Dickens - makes use of evocative names to project character in this novel. Write an essay about three of these names. How do they reflect the essential personality of the person they denote? What does the reader expect with he or she reads these names?

Part 1) Harry Angstrom (strom means storm in German)

Part 2) Marty Tothero (tother means "the other" in Middle English)

Part 3) Jack Eccles

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