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 Patty do when her mother is at work?

2. What does Motorcycle Boy not like?

3. After leaving Cassandra on the stairs, Rusty-James goes into his apartment and finds Motorcycle Boy doing what?

4. What is Rusty-James doing at the onset of the novel?

5. How old is Motorcycle Boy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Rusty-James not understand that Patty is mad that he fooed around with another girl at the lake?

3. Why does Smokey believe that no one will follow Rusty-James into a knife fight?

4. Why is Patterson watching Rusty-James and Motorcycle Boy when they leave the drugstore?

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

6. What does Steve's confession that he is going to college to be a teacher reveal about his character?

7. Why does Motorcycle Boy's comment, "it looks like Rusty-James is always messed up, one way or the other," surprise Rusty-James?

8. Why is it important for Rusty-James' friends to go to the vacant lot to watch him fight Biff?

9. Why does Rusty-James not understand the conversation his father and Motorcycle Boy have about Cassandra?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Explain why, and how, Rusty-James succeeds in reaching his goal of becoming like his brother, Motorcycle Boy, by novel's end. Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

How does the author's methods at the beginning of the novel set the tone?

Part 1) How does Steve's arrival promote the tone of the novel at the beginning?

Part 2) How does Steve's mentioning Rusty-James' resemblance to someone enhance the tone set forth at the onset of the novel?

Part 3) How does Rusty-James' forgetfulness set up the suspense?

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

(see the answer keys)

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