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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What news does Mr. Springer bring to Harry after the latter puts Nelson to bed?
2. What drink does Janice want while drugged?
3. To what animal does Mrs. Springer compare Harry when she arrives at the waiting room?
4. What movie has Janice gone to see when Eccles visits her parents at the beginning of this section?
5. In the magazine story that Harry reads in the waiting room, where does a family take its bargain vacation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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