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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. On the way to meet their girls, to what animal does Tothero compare women?

2. During what Catholic holy day does this section of reading take place?

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

4. How does Tothero compare Ruth to Margaret?

5. On what holiday do Ruth and Harry go swimming in this section?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Harry fear he has killed a second child while speaking to Ruth?

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

3. Why does Janice slap Nelson?

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

5. How is Janice's attitude toward Rabbit conflicted at this point?

6. What is Harry's work situation after he returns home?

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

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

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

10. How is Harry greeted at the hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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