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

2. What team was Harry's team playing the night the two groups shared a bottle of cider?

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

4. What are Tothero's shelves made of?

5. What is the only skyscraper in Brewer?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Rebecca Angstrom die?

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

3. Describe Ruth Leonard.

4. Describe Lucy Eccles.

5. Describe Nelson Angstrom.

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

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

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

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

10. What has Harry decided about God by the end of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harry Angstrom is a classic American man-child, a grown figure who has not been able to develop emotionally past his adolescence. Write an essay about the stunted development of Harry, focusing on his relationship to those older than him and to women. Who does he look to for guidance, and how does he expect it to be given? What is his attitude toward sex and fidelity?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Write an essay about the theme of forgiveness in the novel. Harry Angstrom is constantly relying upon the willingness of people around him to forgive him his transgressions. Who refuses this forgiveness? Who is willing to give him more leeway, and how does he repay this good faith? Do people who forgive him in the novel seem naive? To what extent does the world consider Harry an exception?

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