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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first thing Candy wants to do when she returns to work?

2. What does the person look like who is waiting near Candy's car in Chapter 7?

3. What best describes Mickey Rafferty's mood when Spenser first meets him?

4. Who threatens to complain to Candy's boss after she says she has a witness to a bribe payoff?

5. Who is Sam Felton?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Candy's abduction.

2. Which characters in the novel get what they deserve?

3. Why does Candy refuse to let Spenser console her in Chapter 12?

4. Does Spenser respect Candy?

5. Why does Candy hinder the police investigation into Mickey Rafferty's death?

6. What leads Spenser to suspect that Franco is running the corruption scheme?

7. Does Candy feel safe around Peter Brewster?

8. Describe Mickey Rafferty.

9. Does Detective Samuelson respect Spenser?

10. Is Candy concerned about other people?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The character of Spenser is one used by author Robert B. Parker in a numerous series of novels. What is it about the character of Spenser that makes readers want to read about him more than once? Discuss the specific character traits that make Spenser likable and easy for readers to relate to.

Essay Topic 2

The symbolism of the novel as a scene in a movie is supported with car chases, agents, and good-looking LA reporters.

1) What symbolic element in the book best represents the underlying movie industry theme of A Savage Place?

2) What symbolic elements best denotes the gap between appearance and morality in the book?

3) What symbolic element, if it was not included in the novel, would have the greatest impact in its absence, and why?

Essay Topic 3

Morality in A Savage Place is often shown in shades of gray rather than in black and white. Compare Spenser and Candy in regards to having a strong sense of morals. Discuss how their morality differs, if they stand up for what they believe in, and how these things impact their lives in the novel.

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