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. Who does Candy tell Spenser she is going to have dinner with the night after her dinner with him?

2. Why does Candy get defensive towards Spenser after she returns from her dinner date?

3. Where does Spenser go at 9:40 the morning after he reports a murder?

4. Who do Candy and Spenser eat lunch with at the beginning of Chapter 19?

5. What does Spenser find when he first approaches Peter Brewster's car the night of the meeting with Franco?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Is Candy attracted to Peter Brewster?

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

5. What leads Spenser to suspect that Sam Felton is behind the attacks on Candy?

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

7. What is the importance of Spenser teaching Candy how to shoot a gun?

8. Does Spenser respect Candy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Is Candy more logical or emotional by nature? Support your answer with examples from the 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

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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