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. How are Simms and Franco connected?

2. Who wants to see Spenser prosecuted for assault and kidnapping?

3. Who kills the young blond man in Chapter 17?

4. What does Spenser hear after finding Peter Brewster's car the night of the meeting with Franco?

5. What did Peter Brewster do when he found out about Roger Hammond's financial problems?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Spenser respect Candy?

2. Why does Spenser go to Peter Brewster's office after Candy is killed?

3. How do Candy and Spenser get into Sam Felton's house?

4. Why does Spenser lock himself in the office with Brewster and Simms?

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

6. Describe Spenser's relationship with Detective Samuelson.

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

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

9. Does Candy feel safe around Peter Brewster?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Despite Candy's desire to succeed in a man's world, her ultimate goal of breaking the corruption story was ultimately completed, after her death, by Spenser. What message is the author trying to send about women in the story? How do this character's actions, and her reliance on and use of the men in the story, affect that theme?

Essay Topic 2

Ambition seems to fuel many elements of A Savage Place. Candy's ambition, in particular, to succeed at her job seems to lead her to her death. How would the story be different if Candy's main motivation was to right a wrong, rather than to pursue her career?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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