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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

Harry Angstrom is referred to often by his old nickname, Rabbit. The names Harry and Rabbit become virtually interchangeable. Write an essay on the symbolic significance of this nickname. How did Harry get it, and why is he alright with it sticking as it does? What does the nickname mean in terms of his worldview? His reliability? His idea of self?

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 world of RABBIT, RUN is one in which the past and present become intermingled. Harry constantly looks to the past for inspiration and comfort. Other people look back with a certain sadness. Write an essay about the past's role in the novel:

Part 1) How do Harry and Janice look back on the beginning of their relationship with a mixture of yearning and disdain? What did each expect from the relationship? How did the birth of Nelson change things?

Part 2) What is the high point of Harry Angstrom's life? What memory from this high water mark does he repeatedly recall throughout the novel? What does this memory do for him?

Part 3) What specific episodes from Ruth's past does she recall as she lays by the swimming pool with Harry? How do these memories inform her expectations from Harry? What does she expect and fear?

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