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. In his flustered outburst at the end of this section, what does Eccles call Harry?

2. What does Harry pick up from his mother-in-law's house?

3. When did Eccles last see Janice?

4. What was Mrs. Smith's father's profession?

5. What are Tothero's shelves made of?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Mrs. Angstrom feel no pity for Janice?

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

4. Describe Nelson Angstrom.

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

6. Why does Janice slap Nelson?

7. What does Harry Angstrom confess to Eccles that he believes is his place in the universe?

8. How does Harry interact with Mrs. Springer after coming home?

9. Why is Harry annoyed by his conversation with the farmer at the service station?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the theme of forgiveness in the novel. Harry Angstrom is constantly relying upon the willingness of people around him to forgive him his transgressions. Who refuses this forgiveness? Who is willing to give him more leeway, and how does he repay this good faith? Do people who forgive him in the novel seem naive? To what extent does the world consider Harry an exception?

Essay Topic 2

Midway through the novel, Harry Angstrom is completely at ease with his abandonment of his family. He believes that the universe wants him to seek out his own way, and to hell with the rest. Write an essay charting Harry's attitude toward personal responsibility, Who does he think pays the price for his decisions? What occurs that makes him change his mind? What is his attitude at the end of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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