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 is Rusty-James doing at the onset of the novel?

2. Why does Patty say she is angry with Rusty-James?

3. What subject does Rusty-James say is not his strong point?

4. What does Rusty-James do to help himself feel better?

5. What is one thing Rusty-James thinks he needs if he goes to Cleveland High?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Rusty-James think about Biff's declaration that he is going to kill him?

2. What does Rusty-James' father do when he gets home in Chapter 5?

3. Why is it important for Rusty-James to be with crowds of people?

4. What is important about the river?

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

6. 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?"

7. What is the significance of Rusty-James' paying back money he has borrowed?

8. What sets Motorcycle Boy apart from the others?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The theme of alienation is prevalent throughout the novel. Select one of the major characters and explain how they experience alienation, and in what manner. 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

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.

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