Rumble Fish Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Rusty-James' father get money?

2. Where is Rusty-James' apartment?

3. What does Rusty-James do the morning after he has gone to the lake with Smokey?

4. What do Rusty-James' father and Motorcycle Boy sometimes do that Rusty-James wishes they would not do?

5. What does Rusty-James have difficulty doing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter 7, why is Rusty-James afraid of Motorcycle Boy?

3. Why does Rusty-James not tell people that his father used to be a lawyer?

4. Why does Rusty-James steal hubcaps?

5. After locating a former gang member, what important fact does Rusty-James learn about Motorcycle Boy?

6. What dose Steve mean when he says that he cannot keep on thinking for Rusty-James?

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

8. What does Rusty-James' father mean when he says, "Our marriage was a classic example of a preacher marrying an atheist, thinking to make a convert?"

9. Why does Motorcycle Boy tell Rusty-James not to tell anyone that a famous photographer took his picture?

10. What is the significance of Rusty-James' paying back money he has borrowed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Rusty-James' hero worship of his brother, Motorcycle Boy, valid? Does Motorcycle Boy warrant such devout worship from Rusty-James? Why or why not? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

What is the importance of Rusty-James' knife scar? Why is this an important detail about his character? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Rusty-James is the protagonist of "Rumble Fish." He may also be an anti-hero. Do you think he is a protagonist or anti-hero? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

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