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

2. When school lets out, where does Rusty-James wait for Patty?

3. What relationship does Biff have with Rusty-James' friends?

4. To what is Rusty-James referring when he says, "...Just one...I like to keep things simple, and God knows even one can be complicated enough."

5. Who ispresent at the fight five years ago when Rusty-James got his scar?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 10, why does Rusty-James think that Patty still loves him?

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

3. Why does Rusty-James steal hubcaps?

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. In Chapter 9, how has Rusty-James' vision of Motorcycle Boy changed since the prior night?

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

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

8. Why does Rusty-James resent Steve's presence on the beach?

9. Why does Rusty-James believe all the people he cares about "talk about weird things?"

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

"Rumble Fish" is told using a frame, a story in which the main story takes place in the past and is introduced and concluded by chapters set in the present. What it the purpose of using a frame story, and how is it effective in "Rumble Fish?"

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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