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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. When Patty leaves for New York, what does Paul do?

2. What is Paul's response to Patty's "plan" in Chapter 7?

3. Who hires the narrator in Chapter 1?

4. What does the narrator buy at Bloomingdale's?

5. What new character is introduced in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Paul, Susan, and Spenser are unloading their luggage upon their return from New York?

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

3. 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?

4. Why does Paul agree to help Spenser "put the screws" to his father?

5. Why does Spenser agree to keep Paul after the kidnapping scare when Patty is taken hostage?

6. In Chapter 21 we are able to see how Paul is growing both physically and emotionally. How has he grown?

7. How does Spenser diffuse the situation between himself, Buddy, and Harold in Chapter 11?

8. 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?

9. How does Susan feel about Spenser sending Paul and Patty to her house in Chapter 13?

10. How does Spenser handle the confrontation with Patty in Chapter 22?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Paul Giacomin is at the heart of this story. He is the boy whose parents fight over him as if he were property; and the boy whom Spenser fights for in order to save his life. Explore Paul's character. Look through the text and use examples from it to support your ideas in relation to the kind of a person that Paul was before he met Spenser, and what kind of a person he was when he left Spenser to go to school.

Essay Topic 3

There is quite a bit of stereotyping used in "Early Autumn". A stereotype is the belief commonly held about certain social groups or types of individuals. For instance, the stereotypical private eye, or "gumshoe" is a tough guy who has a smart mouth, a smooth talker, and is quick-witted. He always gets the girls and drives a cool car. What are the ways that Spenser fits that stereotype? What are the ways that he does not fit into that stereotype? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

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