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. How does Motorcycle Boy get his name?

2. What does Patty do when her mother is at work?

3. Who reminds the boys that they had stopped all this "cowboys and Indians crap"?

4. Who shuffles papers as if Rusty-James is wasting his time?

5. 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."

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Rusty-James frightened when Motorcycle Boy smiles after he tells him the picture was a good one?

3. Why does Smokey believe that no one will follow Rusty-James into a knife fight?

4. Why is Rusty-James upset that Steve has been beaten up?

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

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

7. In Chapter 3, what does the apartment reveal about Rusty-James' family?

8. What is implied by the fact that Motorcycle Boy has not always been color blind?

9. What does Motorcycle Boy mean when he tells Steve, "loyalty is his only vice?"

10. Why does Rusty-James feel that gangs are good despite what Steve and Motorcycle Boy tell him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the onset of the flashback, gang violence has been all but stopped due to Motorcycle Boy. Rusty-James hangs on to the "rules" and becomes furious when the rules are broken. At the same time, Rusty-James wants to be like Motorcycle Boy. Explain how Rusty-James' actions contradict his goal. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain why, and how, Rusty-James succeeds in reaching his goal of becoming like his brother, Motorcycle Boy, by novel's end. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

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