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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. At what age does Motorcycle Boy stop being a little kid?
2. Why does Rusty-James' mother marry his father?
3. What does Rusty-James like about the ocean?
4. Why does Rusty-James say Steve is his best friend?
5. In what does Steve believe?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
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.
This section contains 250 words
(approx. 1 page at 300 words per page)