Rumble Fish Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Rusty-James resent Steve's presence on the beach?

Rusty-James resents Steve because Steve makes him remember events he does not want to remember.

2. What does Rusty-James' bad grammar and slang tell the reader about his character?

The usage of slang and bad grammar reveals that Rusty-James is not educated and that he has not finished high school.

3. How does the author create suspense?

The author creates suspense by introducing Rusty-James several years after the knife fight, by allowing Steve to drop hints that Rusty-James reminds him of someone, and by allowing Rusty-James' memory lapses.

4. What does Steve's confession that he is going to college to be a teacher reveal about his character?

Early in the book, the reader sees the differences and sharp contrast between Steve and Rusty-James, two characters who came from the same neighborhood and used to be best friends.

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