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. Who helps get Motorcycle Boy and Rusty-James back to the apartment?

2. What does Rusty-James have running down his side?

3. What does Motorcycle Boy not like?

4. When Patty breaks up with Rusty-James, what happens to his chest?

5. After going to the guidance office, where does Rusty-James go when he leaves school?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is important about the river?

2. Why is Rusty-James expelled from school?

3. Why does Motorcycle Boy's comment, "it looks like Rusty-James is always messed up, one way or the other," surprise Rusty-James?

4. What is the importance of Rusty-James losing his taste for alcohol?

5. What is the importance of delaying the appearance of Motorcycle Boy until the third chapter?

6. What is the significance of Motorcycle Boy's comparing the gang violence to playing "Cowboys and Indians?"

7. In Chapter 9, how has Rusty-James' vision of Motorcycle Boy changed since the prior night?

8. What does Rusty-James do to make sure he is taken to the hospital by the police?

9. Why does Rusty-James say that Coach Ryan likes him as he would a vicious dog?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does the perspective of distance between the past and the present affect the main protagonist, Rusty-James? Analyze how Rusty-James' character has/has not changed during the five years since the night of the knife fight.

Essay Topic 2

Abandonment is another theme that is integral to the storyline of "Rumble Fish." Choose one of the characters (e.g., Rusty-James, Steve, Motorcycle Boy, Rusty-James' father,) and analyze how he reacts to being abandoned throughout the story. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

How does the author's methods at the beginning of the novel set the tone?

Part 1) How does Steve's arrival promote the tone of the novel at the beginning?

Part 2) How does Steve's mentioning Rusty-James' resemblance to someone enhance the tone set forth at the onset of the novel?

Part 3) How does Rusty-James' forgetfulness set up the suspense?

Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

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