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 other character attends Cleveland High School?

2. What does Motorcycle Boy not like?

3. Why does Steve not show up for math class?

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

5. Why does Rusty-James slam his fist onto the table?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?"

2. What does Rusty-James' bad grammar and slang tell the reader about his character?

3. How does the author create suspense?

4. What is the importance of delaying the appearance of Motorcycle Boy until the third chapter?

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

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

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

8. Why does Motorcycle Boy tell Rusty-James not to tell anyone that a famous photographer took his picture?

9. After locating a former gang member, what important fact does Rusty-James learn about Motorcycle Boy?

10. Why does Steve worry about everyone coming to witness the fight between Rusty-James and Biff?

Essay 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

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

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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