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. What does Steve's father do when Steve comes home after 10 o'clock?

2. Who does Rusty-James often says forgets about him?

3. While at Benny's, who does Rusty-James believe still loves him?

4. What does Motorcycle Boy tell Rusty-James the strip's colors look like to him?

5. What does Rusty-James take with him when he walks across the bridge?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Rusty-James is the protagonist of "Rumble Fish." He may also be an anti-hero. Do you think he is a protagonist or anti-hero? 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

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.

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