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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 10, Spenser says that he did not mind Patty's idea of fancy cooking; but that there was something that he did mind. What was it?

2. In Chapter 2, who is the narrator staking out and trying to find?

3. After the eviction, what was the narrator's new address?

4. In Chapter 5, what is Patty's first response to Spenser and Paul's entrance?

5. What habit does the passenger have that drives the narrator absolutely crazy during their car ride in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 12 we meet Hawk. What kind of a person does Hawk appear to be?

2. Do you think that it was wise for Spenser to have entered Giacomin's house the way that he did?

3. In Chapter 9, Spenser makes an impromptu dinner for himself and Paul. At the dinner table, Paul seems surprised that Spenser can cook. The discussion that follows allows the reader to learn more about Paul and his relationship with the world around him. What did you learn about Paul and how he relates to the world around him?

4. What type of person does Paul Giacomin appear to be?

5. 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?

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 10, Patty propositions Spenser, who politely rejects her advances. The two have a fairly lengthy discussion about the event, during which we learn more about Patty's feelings of self worth. What are those feelings?

8. 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?

9. What type of person does the narrator seem to be?

10. In the scene where Paul arrives home, Patty is entertaining a male guest, Stephen Court. How does that scene make you feel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the course of the book, Paul learns some less than savory facts about both of his parents. He seems to handle that information well, but sometimes it can be difficult to really understand what another person is going through just by the way they look or how they talk. Using the information about Paul that we know from the text, what do you think his feelings about his parents are after he finds out their "dirty laundry"? Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Patty uses her sexuality and the act of sex to define herself and to measure her self worth.

Part 1) Do you think that is healthy? Why? Why not?

Part 2) How does that outlook hurt her ability to be a mother to Paul?

Part 3) How does that outlook influence Paul?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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