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

2. Of what city was Eccles' grandfather Bishop?

3. How does Rabbit pointedly describe his marriage to Janice when speaking with Eccles?

4. What ecstatic poet does Eccles frequently read to his daughter?

5. Why does Rabbit get a damp towel from the bathroom?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Harry meet up with Tothero?

2. Why does Harry think Lucy Eccles is flirting with him at church?

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

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

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

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

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

8. What has Rabbit decided about Ruth by the end of this section?

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

10. Why does Rabbit leave his car at Janice's apartment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Harry Angstrom hold three jobs over the course of Rabbit, Run. Write an essay in three parts, examining these different jobs and what they say about his attitude toward work in general. Does he believe he can do better than these jobs? Which does he like best? What bothers him about he jobs he dislikes?

Part 1) Magipeel Demonstrator

Part 2) Mrs Smith's gardener

Part 3) Car salesman

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 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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