Rumble Fish Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. If there were still gangs, why does Smokey believe he would be president of a gang?

2. What reason does Motorcycle Boy give to Rusty-James for not drinking?

3. What does Motorcycle Boy do right in the middle of the last rumble?

4. What does Steve say Rusty-James would do to the people in the neighborhood if he went back?

5. Rusty-James says seeing Steve again was like seeing what?

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

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

What is the significance of Steve's being on vacation, going to school, and having a steady girlfriend at the onset of the novel? Find descriptions from the text to support your answer and to provide evidence for your opinion.

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