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. Who does Rusty-James meet from his past?

2. How old does Rusty-James say Steve behaves?

3. Where is Rusty-James at the beginning of chapter two?

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

5. When Rusty-James goes home from school, who does he meet on the staircase?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Rusty-James' driving motivation?

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

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

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

5. What sets Motorcycle Boy apart from the others?

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

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

8. What does ordering chocolate milk from the counter at Benny's say about Rusty-James?

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

10. What reason does Rusty-James give in Chapter 4 for going to school?

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

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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