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 Rusty-James say he has been doing for the last few years?

2. What does the lot in Chapter 3 smell like?

3. How does Motorcycle Boy get a motorcycle?

4. After going to the guidance office, where does Rusty-James go when he leaves school?

5. Who does Rusty-James love for certain?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Motorcycle Boy hard of hearing and color blind?

2. Why does Rusty-James not understand that Patty is mad that he fooed around with another girl at the lake?

3. Why does Rusty-James' father believe that Motorcycle Boy is not crazy?

4. Why is Rusty-James expelled from school?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Rusty-James' hero worship of his brother, Motorcycle Boy, valid? Does Motorcycle Boy warrant such devout worship from Rusty-James? Why or why not? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Rusty-James is the protagonist of "Rumble Fish." He may also be an anti-hero. Do you think he is a protagonist or anti-hero? 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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