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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. When Rusty-James wakes up after passing out, who does he find at home reading a book?
2. What kind of story is "Rumble Fish?"
3. When Motorcycle Boy leaves, why is Rusty-James afraid?
4. What does Motorcycle Boy pour over Rusty-James' cut when they get home?
5. Why does Rusty-James not want to talk about the good old days?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is important about the river?
2. What does Rusty-James' father do when he gets home in Chapter 5?
3. Why does Rusty-James not understand the conversation his father and Motorcycle Boy have about Cassandra?
4. Why is it important for Rusty-James' friends to go to the vacant lot to watch him fight Biff?
5. Why does Rusty-James' father believe that Motorcycle Boy is not crazy?
6. What does Rusty-James mean when he says that Motorcycle Boy is living in a glass bubble?
7. What is important about Steve's behavior in the city in Chapter 7?
8. What does Rusty-James' bad grammar and slang tell the reader about his character?
9. What does Rusty-James recognize about Motorcycle Boy when he sees some of Motorcycle Boy's old gang members?
10. Why does Smokey believe he would be president of a gang and Rusty-James would be a lieutenant?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The theme of alienation is prevalent throughout the novel. Select one of the major characters and explain how they experience alienation, and in what manner. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.
Essay Topic 2
What is the significance of Steve's being on vacation, going to school, and having a steady girlfriend at the onset of the novel? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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