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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 habit does the passenger have that drives the narrator absolutely crazy during their car ride in Chapter 4?
2. What does Spenser wonder about the female jogger in the beige and blue exercise outfit?
3. Who is the tall man with the boot camp crew-cut and a navy watch cap who entered Patty's house?
4. In Chapter 8, what does Patty inform Spenser in relation to the upcoming weekend?
5. What did the narrator accomplish by visiting the woman in Chapter 2?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 12 we meet Hawk. What kind of a person does Hawk appear to be?
2. By the beginning of Chapter 6, some time has passed since Spenser's case with the Giacomins; but, he really cannot stop thinking about the whole situation. It bothers him at a basketball game during a date with his girlfriend, Susan. What does this extended concern that Spenser shows for Paul and the discontent that Spenser feel for Patty and Mel show about Spenser's character?
3. In the scene where Paul arrives home, Patty is entertaining a male guest, Stephen Court. How does that scene make you feel?
4. Spenser reluctantly takes the job of protecting Patty and Paul from Mel and his thugs. What reservations does Spenser have about taking the job, and why does he take it?
5. What type of person does Paul Giacomin appear to be?
6. In April, after Mel's thugs try to kidnap Paul, Patty Giacomin calls Spenser for help once again. This time, she asks Spenser to protect her and Paul. Why does Patty desperately call Spenser when she experiences trouble with her ex-husband in relation to her son?
7. In Chapter 11, Spenser and Paul have a discussion about why Spenser did not shoot the intruders. What does Spenser tell Paul about his reluctance to shoot Buddy and Harold?
8. In Chapter 6 we are introduced to Spenser's girlfriend, Susan Silverman. What type of a person does she seem to be, and how does that contrast or compliment Spenser's personality?
9. What type of person does the narrator seem to be?
10. What does Spenser's preparation of the impromptu meal in Chapter 9 reveal about his character?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
This story takes place in Boston, and all of the characters are Boston residents. The characters in "Early Autumn" do not speak with any kind of accent, most notably the "Bahstahn" accent. Why does Parker not have his characters speak with any accents?
Essay Topic 2
As the book progresses, we learn that Spenser has a very sensitive and thoughtful side. He has some very deep thoughts on life and the way that it should be lived, including personal boundaries and living with yourself if you have to cross those boundaries. Use the text to explore those thoughts in greater detail.
Part 1) Why do you think that Spenser has those ideas?
Part 2) Why do you think that Spenser feels that it is important for Paul to understand such ideals?
Part 3) Do you agree with his ideals? Why? Why not?
Essay Topic 3
Spenser and Susan both support Paul's dream to become a dancer. In fact, they take him to see live dance performances and help him find a school where he can learn about dance. How important will that support be for Paul as he enters his new school? How about in the rest of his life? How is it different from the support that his parents agreed to give to him?
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