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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 2, where does Rusty-James go after storming out of Benny's?
2. How does Rusty-James' father earn a living before his wife leaves him?
3. What does Rusty-James say he has been doing for the last few years?
4. Who is Anita?
5. Who thinks he is tougher than Rusty-James?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Rusty-James steal hubcaps?
2. In Chapter 3, what does the apartment reveal about Rusty-James' family?
3. What is the significance of Rusty-James' paying back money he has borrowed?
4. What angers Rusty-James when the others begin talking about Motorcycle Boy?
5. Why is Rusty-James frightened when Motorcycle Boy smiles after he tells him the picture was a good one?
6. Why is Patterson watching Rusty-James and Motorcycle Boy when they leave the drugstore?
7. Why does Rusty-James not understand that Patty is mad that he fooed around with another girl at the lake?
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. What does Steve's confession that he is going to college to be a teacher reveal about his character?
10. In Chapter 7, why is Rusty-James afraid of Motorcycle Boy?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Abuse and neglect is very much a part of "Rumble Fish." Compare and contrast how Rusty-James and Steve each react to the abuse and neglect they incur on the part of their parents, people who are charged with taking care of them. 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
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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