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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. Who drives the car on the way back from the meeting with Roger Hammond?

2. What does Rachel Wallace tell Spenser to expect?

3. Who else is present when Candy and Spenser make their visit to the Oceania offices?

4. Who hired the person who is waiting near Candy's car in Chapter 7?

5. How does Roger Hammond initially react to Candy and Spenser?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Mickey involved in Candy's investigation?

2. What kind of person is Candy?

3. How does Spenser first hear about Candy Sloan?

4. Why does Candy send someone else to pick up Spenser his first morning in Los Angeles?

5. What clues does Spenser have in Chapters 6 and 7 that tell him Candy is on the right track with her investigation?

6. Is Spenser an intelligent person?

7. How well do Spenser and Candy work together?

8. Describe Spenser's personality.

9. What is the tone of Spenser's first conversation with Candy Sloan?

10. How does Candy feel about Spenser aiding her with the investigation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sex in A Savage Place is used, much like murder, as a means to an end.

1) What does Spenser and Candy's one night stand represent?

2) How is the fact that Candy and Peter Brewster have sex important to the pace of the story?

3) How are sex, murder and the movie industry connected in this novel?

Essay Topic 2

Many elements of A Savage Place seem ready made for the big screen: car chases, sex, corruption and murder, all on a large scale. Imagine that the author wrote this novel, not as a detective story, but as a narrative of the event. What elements would need to be changed? Consider things like names, settings, and events in your response.

Essay Topic 3

Rejection of authority in A Savage Place is an important theme in both character and plot development. Analyze the importance of each character's response to authority in the story: Spenser, Candy, the mob, Sam Felton and Peter Brewster.

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