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 5, what worries Rusty-James when he arrives home after being out all night?

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

3. Who thinks he is tougher than Rusty-James?

4. What information does Patty tell Rusty-James she knows?

5. What does Rusty-James' father give him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is it important for Rusty-James to be with crowds of people?

2. What is the importance of Rusty-James losing his taste for alcohol?

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

4. What happens to Rusty-James when he is frisked by the police?

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

6. In Chapter 2, with what does Steve try to get Rusty-James to confront and deal?

7. In Chapter 10, why does Rusty-James believe that everything has changed?

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

9. Why does Rusty-James leave at midnight to go out with Smokey and his cousin?

10. Why does Rusty-James not tell people that his father used to be a lawyer?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Interpret the meaning of Motorcycle Boy's comment that he "never crossed the river" when asked if he saw the ocean in California. How does this exemplify the Motorcycle Boy's life choices? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Steve is Rusty-James' best friend and confidante, but he is also Rusty-James' foil. Explain how Steve is the opposite of, or the foil to, Rusty-James' character.

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