Early Autumn Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 17, what physical activity do Spenser and Paul engage in?

2. Where does Spenser have Paul stay in Chapter 23?

3. What does the man sitting at the desk in Chapter 25 look like?

4. Why does Spenser feel that Paul needs to be away from his parents?

5. What option does Spenser give Paul in Chapter 24?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Spenser and Susan both support Paul's dream to become a dancer. In fact, they take him to see live dance performances and help him find a school where he can learn about dance. How important will that support be for Paul as he enters his new school? How about in the rest of his life? How is it different from the support that his parents agreed to give to him?

Essay Topic 2

Spenser feels that the only way to make Paul grow up and become self-reliant, and in turn survive, is for him to get away from his parents. When Patty comes back to Spenser to take Paul back, Paul refuses to go and Patty leaves without him. This begins Spenser thinking about issues like parental rights and kidnapping, which Susan is also concerned about.

Part 1) If you were Spenser, what would your thoughts on these two topics be, pertaining to Paul? Would you agree with Susan, or would you agree with Spenser?

Part 2) If you were Paul, what would your thoughts on these two topics?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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