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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In the magazine story that Harry reads in the waiting room, where does a family take its bargain vacation?
2. Whom does Harry try to call at the cafeteria atop Mt. Judge?
3. How many month's have passed since Janice last paid rent on the apartment?
4. Where did Rabbit once buy a black necklace for Janice?
5. What derogatory term does Harry use to describe Harrison's role on the basketball team?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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 3
The novel RABBIT, RUN contains much discussion of the elusive nature of faith. Harry struggles with the idea of the divine for a long time, unable to explain it to anyone, even himself. Write an essay on faith in the novel, in three parts:
Part 1) Ruth, an agnostic, is sickened by the church across the street from her apartment. How does Harry defend the idea of God in both her apartment and atop Mt. Judge? What was he raised believing?
Part 2) As Jack Eccles and Harry play golf, Harry explains the reason for his leaving home. To what extent is Harry's initial journey from his family a religious pilgrimage? What does he seek?
Part 3) Examine how the death of Rebecca Angstrom affects Harry's faith. How does he reconcile his notion of God with the senseless death of his child?
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