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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. In Chapter 6, what nagging situation is on Spenser's mind?

2. When they arrive at the house in Chapter 4, how does the passenger enter the house?

3. What is Spenser's response to Patty's "plan" in Chapter 7?

4. In Chapter 3, who else is in the house besides the narrator and the two people in the living room?

5. Why does Spenser not want a personal relationship with Patty?

Short Essay Questions

1. Was it a good idea for Spenser and Paul to break into Mel's office? Why? Why not?

2. Is the violence used in Chapter 24 necessary? Why?

3. What is your opinion about Susan being the one to take Paul to visit the Grafton School?

4. As evidenced in his conversation with Spenser in Chapter 20, why is Paul curious in relation to why his parents think the way that they do?

5. Why does Spenser does not take a television to the cabin with him and Paul?

6. What does the discussion that Patty and Spenser have in Chapter 8 reveal to the audience about Patty's real character?

7. Why does Spenser believes that teaching Paul to run is important?

8. Is Spenser's plan to blackmail the Giacomins in order to make them pay for Paul's education and living expenses, as well as staying away from him a good plan? Why? Why not?

9. What is the dualistic reasoning for the trip to New York in Chapter 29?

10. When Paul arrives home, what is the reaction that mother and son both give and receive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Another major theme of this story is that of personal responsibility. Explore the idea of personal responsibility as it relates to each major character (Spenser, Susan, Patty, Mel, and Paul). How does each character feel about personal responsibility? How do they demonstrate those beliefs? Use instances from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Who is your favorite character in "Early Autumn"? Explain your answer; using specific examples from the text if necessary.

Essay Topic 3

Spenser is not afraid to use physical force when he feels that it is necessary to accomplish his goal. However, he is very careful to use lethal force. Why do you think that is? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

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