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

2. Who does Spenser call on to help him during the hostage situation in Chapter 12?

3. Who is Mel Giacomin?

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

5. Who hires the narrator in Chapter 1?

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 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?

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

5. 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?

6. What does Spenser's rescue plan for Patty and Paul along with its execution show us about yet another part of Spenser's personality?

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

9. Based on what we read in Chapter 2, what types of personal qualities would be necessary to handle Spenser's job? Why?

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

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

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

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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