Early Autumn Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 problem are Susan and Spenser trying to solve in Chapter 23?

2. What does the group decide to have for dinner in Chapter 13?

3. Right after visiting Louis', where do Paul and Spenser go?

4. What does Spenser say about ballet dancers?

5. While Spenser and Paul are working in Chapter 22, who goes to the cabin?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Susan make a good point about parental rights in Chapter 23? Why? Why not?

2. Why does Spenser send Paul and Patty to Susan's house in Chapter 13?

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

4. In Chapter 17, Paul asks Spenser why he cannot simply leave him alone. Spenser replies that he cannot leave him alone because everyone in his life has left him alone and it has not done him any good. He also tells Paul that his goal is to help him become a better person. What does Spenser mean by that?

5. Why is the discussion that Spenser and Paul have in Chapter 21 about the rules of fighting an important one?

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

7. Why does Spenser does not take a television to the cabin with him and Paul?

8. How is the reader likely to feel when Patty shows up to take Paul home in Chapter 22?

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

10. Why does Spenser believes that teaching Paul to run is important?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Spenser feels that in order for Paul to be autonomous, he must learn to work with his hands and have structure and order in his life. To illustrate this, Spenser adheres to a routine of physical exercise and construction on the cabin mixed in with new experiences like going to museums and listening to baseball games on the radio. Do you agree with Spenser that such activities and lessons as these (and the others described in the book) are important to Paul's becoming autonomous? Why? Why not? Use the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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