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. In Chapter 2, where does Rusty-James go after storming out of Benny's?

2. Who is quiet as they wait for Biff in Chapter 3?

3. Who is Rusty-James' girlfriend?

4. What does Patty do when she see Rusty-James at Benny's?

5. Who shows up white-faced at Benny's after school?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does it take Rusty-James longer than he thought to forget about Motorcycle Boy's death?

2. What does Motorcycle Boy mean when he tells Steve, "loyalty is his only vice?"

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

4. How do the type of classes Rusty-James has in school impact his character?

5. Why does Steve worry about everyone coming to witness the fight between Rusty-James and Biff?

6. Why is Rusty-James upset that Steve has been beaten up?

7. Why does Rusty-James feel that gangs are good despite what Steve and Motorcycle Boy tell him?

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

9. What angers Rusty-James when the others begin talking about Motorcycle Boy?

10. Why is Motorcycle Boy's explanation about why Rusty-James does not like to be alone an eye opening experience for Rusty-James?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

"Rumble Fish" is told using a frame, a story in which the main story takes place in the past and is introduced and concluded by chapters set in the present. What it the purpose of using a frame story, and how is it effective in "Rumble Fish?"

Essay Topic 3

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.

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