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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 information does Patty tell Rusty-James she knows?
2. Who does Rusty-James love for certain?
3. Who shows up white-faced at Benny's after school?
4. Where has Rusty-James spent five years?
5. How old is Motorcycle Boy?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 2, with what does Steve try to get Rusty-James to confront and deal?
2. Why does Rusty-James dislike Cassandra?
3. Why does Rusty-James resent Steve's presence on the beach?
4. In Chapter 10, why does Rusty-James think that Patty still loves him?
5. Why does it take Rusty-James longer than he thought to forget about Motorcycle Boy's death?
6. Why is Motorcycle Boy's explanation about why Rusty-James does not like to be alone an eye opening experience for Rusty-James?
7. How does the author create suspense?
8. What does Steve's confession that he is going to college to be a teacher reveal about his character?
9. Why does Smokey believe that no one will follow Rusty-James into a knife fight?
10. Why does Rusty-James steal hubcaps?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The role of women in "Rumble Fish" is one of disappointment and negativity. Select one of the female characters (e.g., Cassandra, Patty, Motorcycle Boy's and Rusty-James' mom,) and define how their representation is a reflection of Rusty-James' attitude. 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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