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. What does Rabbit smell on Tothero when he is awakened?

2. What drink is Janis drinking when Harry returns home?

3. What is the name of the kitchen gadget Rabbit demonstrates?

4. What television show do Janis and Harry watch?

5. How many points does Harry say he scored in his first game under Tothero?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Nelson Angstrom.

2. How does Jack Eccles ensure he will see Harry again?

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

4. How is Mrs. Springer's greeting to Harry different from everyone else's?

5. What does Reverend Kruppenbach believe is the true vocation of a preacher?

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

7. What factors cause Harry to storm out of Club Castanet?

8. Describe Harry Angstrom.

9. What job does Ruth now have and why did she get it?

10. Describe Harry's dream at the beginning of this section.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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