A Savage Place Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 does Spenser agree to do for Candy, after Samuelson leaves?

2. How are Spenser and Candy received at the place they look for Sam Felton, in Chapter 16?

3. Who does Spenser lock in Peter Brewster's office?

4. Who is Rollie Simms?

5. By the end of Chapter 18, who does Spenser suspect of being behind the bribes, murders, and the attacks on Candy?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Candy learn about the corruption investigation from Peter Brewster?

2. How does Candy feel about using sex to get information from Peter Brewster?

3. What is the connection between Peter Brewster and Sam Felton?

4. What prediction does Spenser make about Franco, and what is it's result?

5. How does Candy react to being told to stop working on the corruption investigation story?

6. What does Spenser do after finding Candy's dead body?

7. Describe what happens when Spenser confronts Brewster at the Oceania offices.

8. Describe the events leading to Candy's death at the oil field.

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

10. Why does Spenser refuse the extra week's pay he is offered by Candy's boss?

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

Uncovering corruption in A Savage Place has dire consequences for Candy and others.

1) Which characters best represent corruption in the novel?

2) How do the title and setting support the theme of corruption in the story?

3) How do Candy and Spenser's willingness to defy authority help or hinder her attempt to uncover the corruption in the film industry?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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