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 does Spenser say about too much positivity in Chapter 20?

2. Who was the best fighter Spenser ever fought?

3. Who is Mortimer Snerd?

4. In Chapter 15, what does Spenser discover about Paul's strength when they are moving their gear and settling in?

5. What is the story that Patty recalls in Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. Aside from making sure that Paul has a presentable suit to wear to the ballet, what is the point of taking Paul to Louis' to get a suit?

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

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

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

5. Why does Paul force Spenser to wake him the way that he did in Chapter 16?

6. What type of character is Harry Cotton?

7. 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?

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

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

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

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

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 3

Mel Giacomin is the main antagonist (villain, bad guy) of the story. He is not a very complex character, and has very few personality aspects. Unlike Spenser, when he is faced with some tough decisions, he does not make good ones. and definitely makes some decisions which could be viewed as morally problematic. In a story rife with "bad guys" and "seedy characters", what makes Mel the antagonist of this story? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

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