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 television show do Janis and Harry watch?

2. What type of shoes does Ruth wear for her and Rabbit's walk on Mt. Judge?

3. What does Ruth say she used to enjoy doing?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What obstacles does Rabbit face trying to retrieve his clothes?

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

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

5. Why is Harry annoyed by his conversation with the farmer at the service station?

6. Why is Ruth sick and nervous of late?

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

8. Describe Tothero's living arrangements.

9. How is Harry greeted at the hospital?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Midway through the novel, Harry Angstrom is completely at ease with his abandonment of his family. He believes that the universe wants him to seek out his own way, and to hell with the rest. Write an essay charting Harry's attitude toward personal responsibility, Who does he think pays the price for his decisions? What occurs that makes him change his mind? What is his attitude at the end of the novel?

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

The novel RABBIT, RUN contains much discussion of the elusive nature of faith. Harry struggles with the idea of the divine for a long time, unable to explain it to anyone, even himself. Write an essay on faith in the novel, in three parts:

Part 1) Ruth, an agnostic, is sickened by the church across the street from her apartment. How does Harry defend the idea of God in both her apartment and atop Mt. Judge? What was he raised believing?

Part 2) As Jack Eccles and Harry play golf, Harry explains the reason for his leaving home. To what extent is Harry's initial journey from his family a religious pilgrimage? What does he seek?

Part 3) Examine how the death of Rebecca Angstrom affects Harry's faith. How does he reconcile his notion of God with the senseless death of his child?

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