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 is the only map that the farmer has in his service station?

2. Who does Lucy Eccles revere as a God?

3. What was Janis' maiden name?

4. Which of the following people is not among the list of blessings Rabbit makes in the morning?

5. What major news is Ruth scared to tell Harry in this section?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What excuse does Janice make to her father regarding Harry?

3. Why do Tothero and Margaret leave dinner early?

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

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

6. Why does Ruth insist that Rabbit has it made in life?

7. Describe Lucy Eccles.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Write an essay about Janice Angstrom's inner struggle with her own self-image. How does her relationship with Harry affect the way in which she views herself? In what way do her children serve as surrogates for her husband? Why does she turn to alcohol so often to cope with life? Explore these questions as you chart her character's arc.

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