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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. With what adjective does Janice characterize Harry's advances on her?
2. Who is Harry surprised to see come into the club where he and Ruth are drinking?
3. At whom does Harry lash out during the funeral?
4. What movie has Janice gone to see when Eccles visits her parents at the beginning of this section?
5. What does Billy Fosnacht steal from Nelson Angstrom?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Jack Eccles is one of the more dynamic figures in the novel. He represents a new attitude toward religion and its place in a modern world. Write an essay about Jack Eccles and his struggle with both the extremely traditional view of his vocation (as represented by Reverend Kruppenbach) and the secular modernist view (as represented by his wife). How does Eccles' relationship with Harry make manifest this inner struggle to understand his own faith?
Essay Topic 2
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 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?
This section contains 388 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)