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. In Chapter 5, what worries Rusty-James when he arrives home after being out all night?

2. What information does Patty tell Rusty-James she knows?

3. What do Rusty-James' father and Motorcycle Boy sometimes do that Rusty-James wishes they would not do?

4. Why does Steve not show up for math class?

5. Where does Rusty-James find Motorcycle Boy after he leaves Patty in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. After locating a former gang member, what important fact does Rusty-James learn about Motorcycle Boy?

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

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

5. Why is Rusty-James expelled from school?

6. In Chapter 10, why does Rusty-James believe that everything has changed?

7. What is important about the river?

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

9. What is Rusty-James' driving motivation?

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

Essay 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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