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. Why does Rusty-James slam his fist onto the table?

3. What is Motorcycle Boy doing when Rusty-James finds him at the drugstore?

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

5. In Chapter 5, when Rusty-James arrives home the next morning, whom does his father say has gone looking for him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Rusty-James' driving motivation?

2. Why does Steve think people in the neighborhood will have a heart attack if Rusty-James goes home?

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

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

5. What is important about Steve's behavior in the city in Chapter 7?

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

7. Why is it important for Rusty-James' friends to go to the vacant lot to watch him fight Biff?

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

9. Why does Rusty-James' father believe that Motorcycle Boy is not crazy?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Explain how the author's word choices for Rusty-James' dialogue provide authenticity to the novel. Does it endear Rusty-James' to the reader? What does it reveal about the character, his background, and environment? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

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