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 color car does Jack Eccles drive?

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

3. On the way to meet their girls, to what animal does Tothero compare women?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narration of this section change as Janice gets more drunk?

2. Describe Lucy Eccles.

3. How does Ruth make fun of Harry regarding Chinese food?

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

5. Why is Ruth sick and nervous of late?

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

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

8. How does Harry meet up with Tothero?

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

10. What factors cause Harry to storm out of Club Castanet?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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