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. Where does Spenser have Paul stay in Chapter 23?

2. What does Spenser say about ballet dancers?

3. Who are Spenser and Paul looking for after lunch in Chapter 24?

4. What does Spenser tell Paul that they are going to do with Susan's rural property?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Spenser agree to keep Paul after the kidnapping scare when Patty is taken hostage?

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Why does Paul's revelation that he would like to be a dancer important?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

One major theme throughout the book is autonomy, or self-reliance. We see that Spenser is a very self-reliant individual, and he sees that Paul is not, and that without the skills of autonomy, Paul will not be able to survive on his own. Explore the idea of autonomy as it relates to Paul; what will his world look like if he continues down the path that he was on before he met Spenser. What will his world look like after he leaves Spenser for school? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

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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