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 name of the kitchen gadget Rabbit demonstrates?

2. What had Rabbit stopped doing since beginning his gardening at Mrs. Smith's?

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

4. Which of the following is not a movie that Harry has recently seen with Ruth?

5. What type of food is a Fosnacht?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harry ruin his daughter's funeral?

2. What job does Ruth now have and why did she get it?

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

4. What does Mr. Springer tell Harry when they first talk after Rebecca's death?

5. How is Mrs. Springer's greeting to Harry different from everyone else's?

6. How does Harry find out that his child has died?

7. Describe Harry Angstrom.

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

9. How does Harry run into Tothero in this section?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

The specter of death is ambiguous in RABBIT, RUN. It is at once remote and inconceivable, and sudden and horrific. Some characters have come to expect it at any moment, while others are suddenly struck down by it. Focusing on Tothero, Mrs. Smith, and Rebecca Angstrom, write an essay on death in the novel. How do characters understand the end of their lives? How do survivors cope with it?

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