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 Rusty-James have difficulty doing?

2. Why is Benny upset when the junior high school kids hang out at his place?

3. Which character's face is beaten into a bloody pulp by Rusty-James in the fight in the lot?

4. Where does Rusty-James go at midnight?

5. After going to the guidance office, where does Rusty-James go when he leaves school?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Rusty-James dislike Cassandra?

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

5. What angers Rusty-James when the others begin talking about Motorcycle Boy?

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

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

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

10. What is Rusty-James' driving motivation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Interpret the meaning of Motorcycle Boy's comment that he "never crossed the river" when asked if he saw the ocean in California. How does this exemplify the Motorcycle Boy's life choices? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

How does the perspective of distance between the past and the present affect the main protagonist, Rusty-James? Analyze how Rusty-James' character has/has not changed during the five years since the night of the knife fight.

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