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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. Which of the following is not an item Harry picks up at the grocery?

2. With which religious designation does Eccles characterize his reactionary father?

3. By the end of the pickup game at the beginning of the novel, how many boys are playing with Harry?

4. What plant does Harry suggest Mrs. Smith will have in heaven instead of rhododendrons?

5. In what month does this section of reading take place?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Harry resent Ruth's going to the bathroom after sex?

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

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

4. Why do Tothero and Margaret leave dinner early?

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

6. How is Harry greeted at the hospital?

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

8. Why does Janice slap Nelson?

9. Why is Joyce Eccles afraid?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Marty Tothero seems like a cautionary figure when the prodigal Harry shows up at the Sunshine Athletic Association. He is separated from his wife, living in a storage closet, and occasionally attached to a likely prostitute. Write an essay about Tothero and Harry as kindred souls. What warnings does Tothero make to Harry? How does Harry feel like Tothero in his second date with Ruth and Margaret? Why does Harry always want to get away from Tothero?

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