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. Which character's face is beaten into a bloody pulp by Rusty-James in the fight in the lot?

2. Where does Rusty-James find Motorcycle Boy after he leaves Patty in Chapter 6?

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

4. At what time does Rusty-James wake up when at Patty's house?

5. What does Rusty-James say about his brain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Motorcycle Boy's comment, "it looks like Rusty-James is always messed up, one way or the other," surprise Rusty-James?

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

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 3, what does the apartment reveal about Rusty-James' family?

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

8. Why does Rusty-James dislike Cassandra?

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

10. What does Rusty-James recognize about Motorcycle Boy when he sees some of Motorcycle Boy's old gang members?

Essay Topics

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

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 3

In"Rumble Fish," Rusty-James describes Steve as a sincere rabbit. What is the significance of the metaphor? What does it reveal about Steve as a character? What does the author want to convey about both Rusty-James and Steve? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

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