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 Motorcycle Boy not like?

2. What does Rusty-James do the morning after he has gone to the lake with Smokey?

3. What animal does Rusty-James say Steve looks like?

4. What profession is Steve pursuing?

5. With whom does Rusty-James go to the lake?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Rusty-James mean when he says that Motorcycle Boy is living in a glass bubble?

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

6. Why does Rusty-James like the ocean?

7. Why does Rusty-James steal hubcaps?

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

9. Why does Rusty-James resent Steve's presence on the beach?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rusty-James and Steve are best friends. Compare and contrast how each character reacts to violence and living in the neighborhood.

Part 1) Compare how Rusty-James and Steve react to violence and living in the poverty-stricken neighborhood.

Part 2) Contrast how Rusty-James and Steve behave at the at the fight with Biff.

Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

What is the symbolism of Motorcycle Boy's color blindness? Explain how the author uses this handicap to reveal aspects of his character. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

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