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Performance Evaluation Directions: Read the following prompt and write a fully-developed paragraph that identifies a statement of theme from the excerpt and explains how the author’s use of one key technique conveys that theme. Begin with an appropriate thesis statement reflective of the prompt and support with at least TWO pieces of textual evidence. Be sure to use proper MLA citation. For this passage, use the page number 16. (85 pts.) Note: Rabbit is a man (this is his nickname in the novel). Please write your response on page 3 of this document.
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Growing sleepy, Rabbit stops before midnight at a roadside cafe for coffee. Somehow, though he can't put his finger on the difference, he is unlike the other customers. They sense it too, and look at him with hard eyes, eyes like little metal studs pinned into the white faces of young men sitting in zippered jackets in booths three to a girl, the girls with orange hair hanging like seaweed or loosely bound with gold barrettes like pirate treasure. At the counter middle-aged couples in overcoats bunch their faces forward into the straws of gray ice-cream sodas. In the hush his entrance creates, the excessive courtesy the weary woman behind the counter shows him amplifies his strangeness .... He wonders. Is it just these people I'm outside, or is it all America? Outside in the sharp air, he flinches when footsteps pound behind him. But it is just two lovers, holding hands in a hurry to reach their car, their locked hands a starfish leaping through the dark. Their license plates say West Virginia. All the plates do except his .... He climbs into his Ford distastefully, but its stale air is his only haven. He drives through a thickening night. The road unravels with infuriating slowness, its black wall wearilessly rising in front of his headlights no matter how they twist. The tar sucks his tires .... He grinds his foot down as if to squash this snake of a road, and nearly loses the car on a curve, as the two right wheels fall captive to the dirt shoulder. He brings them back but keeps the speedometer needle leaning to the right of the legal limit.
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  • Fall '19
  • Rabbit, John Updike

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