Rabbit, Run Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What psychological term does Lucy Eccles explain to Joyce after church?

2. What ethnicity does Janice feel she resembles with her tanned skin?

3. What does Mr. Springer lend Harry for the funeral?

4. Which part of her body does Janice always believe is her best asset?

5. Who does Harry agree should see Janice before he does?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Updike spends quite a bit of time in the novel dealing with the mechanics and politics of sexual intercourse. Write an essay comparing his two extended sex scenes: Harry's first night with Ruth Leonard, and Harry's aborted attempt to have sex with Janice after she gives birth. What does Harry want in these scenes? What do the women want? How does each participant try to gain the upper hand? What is Updike saying about the nature of inter-gender communication?

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

The specter of death is ambiguous in RABBIT, RUN. It is at once remote and inconceivable, and sudden and horrific. Some characters have come to expect it at any moment, while others are suddenly struck down by it. Focusing on Tothero, Mrs. Smith, and Rebecca Angstrom, write an essay on death in the novel. How do characters understand the end of their lives? How do survivors cope with it?

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