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 the group decide to have for dinner in Chapter 13?

2. In Chapter 21, what physical activity do Spenser and Paul engage in?

3. Spenser takes Paul to Louis'; what is Louis'?

4. Why does Patty refuse to report Mel's actions to the police?

5. What is the first step that Paul and Spenser work on when building the cabin?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Spenser handle the confrontation with Patty in Chapter 22?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Giacomin is at the heart of this story. He is the boy whose parents fight over him as if he were property; and the boy whom Spenser fights for in order to save his life. Explore Paul's character. Look through the text and use examples from it to support your ideas in relation to the kind of a person that Paul was before he met Spenser, and what kind of a person he was when he left Spenser to go to school.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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