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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 do Paul and Spenser stop to eat in Chapter 15?
2. What is already built on Susan's rural property?
3. When Paul asks Spenser about his fighting career, he asks if he could have been a champion; and Spenser says no. What is Spenser's reasoning for that answer?
4. What does Spenser need to learn more than anything else if he is to survive?
5. Why does Spenser feel that Paul needs to be away from his parents?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 21 we are able to see how Paul is growing both physically and emotionally. How has he grown?
2. What is the lesson that Spenser is trying to teach Paul via the two of them building the cabin together with their own hands instead of hiring someone else to do it or using machinery?
3. Why does Spenser believes that teaching Paul to run is important?
4. How does Spenser handle the confrontation with Patty in Chapter 22?
5. 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?
6. Why does Spenser agree to keep Paul after the kidnapping scare when Patty is taken hostage?
7. What is Susan's opinion about Spenser keeping Paul?
8. Does Susan make a good point about parental rights in Chapter 23? Why? Why not?
9. Is the violence used in Chapter 24 necessary? Why?
10. Why does Spenser decide to take Paul to Fryeburg and build a cabin?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
If you were the author of "Early Autumn", what is one aspect of the story that you would change? Why would you change it? How would it affect the overall story?
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