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

2. When Rusty-James and Steve wake up after passing out at the bar, who has left them?

3. What does Rusty-James like about being out in the city?

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

5. At Benny's, who does Rusty-James ask to step outside to talk?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

"Rumble Fish" is told using a frame, a story in which the main story takes place in the past and is introduced and concluded by chapters set in the present. What it the purpose of using a frame story, and how is it effective in "Rumble Fish?"

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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