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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 type of flower garden does Eccles secure Harry a job tending?

2. To what does Mrs. Smith twice compare the Bianchi that she and her husband brought in from New York?

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

4. What television show do Janis and Harry watch?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Harry take off his shoes on his walk up Mt. Judge?

2. Describe Janice Angstrom.

3. How is Harry and Lucy's first meeting dangerous?

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

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

6. How is Harry greeted at the hospital?

7. Why do Tothero and Margaret leave dinner early?

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

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

10. What excuse does Janice make to her father regarding Harry?

Essay 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

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 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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