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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 is the narrator hired to do in Chapter 1?

2. In Chapter 8, how long was the time period that Spenser was gone following breakfast?

3. In Chapter 7, what is Patty's "plan" for Spenser?

4. What book is Spenser reading in Chapter 7?

5. Who were some of the narrator's new neighbors?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Why does Paul's revelation that he would like to be a dancer important?

4. What type of person does Patty Giacomin seem to be?

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

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

7. What is Susan's opinion about Spenser keeping Paul?

8. Spenser decides to tell Paul the truth about his mother's monthly trips to New York. Although they are not illegal, they appear to be immoral. How does Paul feel about learning that type of information about his mother?

9. Why does Spenser decide to take Paul to Fryeburg and build a cabin?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Patty Giacomin and Susan Silverman are two women who play important roles in "Early Autumn".

Part 1) Compare and contrast the characters of Patty and Susan. How are they the same? How are they different?

Part 2) What would have happened if those two characters, Patty and Susan, never existed in the story? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Spenser and Susan's relationship is very different from Mel and Patty's.

Part 1) Explore the relationship between Susan and Spenser in a more in-depth way; how do they treat each other (i.e., Spenser uses manners when speaking to Susan; Susan is always truthful to Spenser, even when it is not something that he necessarily wants to hear);

Part 2) How does the relationship between Spenser and Susan affect Paul?

Use specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Spenser is the protagonist (hero, good guy) of the story. He is a complex character with many personality aspects who makes some very tough decisions throughout the book. What makes Spenser the hero of the story, even though he makes some decisions which could be viewed as morally problematic? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

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