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 happens to Rusty-James when his attention is diverted from Biff?

3. What does Patty do when her mother is at work?

4. Around midnight, what does Rusty-James do with Smokey and his cousins?

5. What does Cassandra show Rusty-James on her arms?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Rusty-James give in Chapter 4 for going to school?

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

3. What sets Motorcycle Boy apart from the others?

4. 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?"

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

6. What does Rusty-James think about Biff's declaration that he is going to kill him?

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

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

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

10. What does Rusty-James mean when he says that Motorcycle Boy is living in a glass bubble?

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

Rusty-James is the protagonist of "Rumble Fish." He may also be an anti-hero. Do you think he is a protagonist or anti-hero? 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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