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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Which of the following does Janice break while making Nelson breakfast?
2. What does Ruth try to do after Harry leaves at the end of this section?
3. In this section, Janice decides she will do what if Harry comes back?
4. What does Janice decide will help her fall asleep?
5. What unexplainable emotion does Janice fear while she watched television with Nelson?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
John Updike - like Charles Dickens - makes use of evocative names to project character in this novel. Write an essay about three of these names. How do they reflect the essential personality of the person they denote? What does the reader expect with he or she reads these names?
Part 1) Harry Angstrom (strom means storm in German)
Part 2) Marty Tothero (tother means "the other" in Middle English)
Part 3) Jack Eccles
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 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?
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