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. What bothers Rusty-James about the situation with Biff?

2. Why does Steve not show up for math class?

3. Why does Rusty-James not want to talk about the good old days?

4. When Rusty-James goes home from school, who does he meet on the staircase?

5. Who is the coolest person in the world to Rusty-James?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rusty-James' father do when he gets home in Chapter 5?

2. What is implied by the fact that Motorcycle Boy has not always been color blind?

3. 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?"

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

5. Why is Motorcycle Boy hard of hearing and color blind?

6. Why does Rusty-James not understand the conversation his father and Motorcycle Boy have about Cassandra?

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

8. Why is Rusty-James expelled from school?

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

10. Why is Patterson watching Rusty-James and Motorcycle Boy when they leave the drugstore?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rusty-James and Steve are best friends. Compare and contrast how each character reacts to violence and living in the neighborhood.

Part 1) Compare how Rusty-James and Steve react to violence and living in the poverty-stricken neighborhood.

Part 2) Contrast how Rusty-James and Steve behave at the at the fight with Biff.

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

Essay Topic 2

Explain why, and how, Rusty-James succeeds in reaching his goal of becoming like his brother, Motorcycle Boy, by novel's end. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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