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. In Chapter 17, what physical activity do Spenser and Paul engage in?

2. What favor does Spenser ask of Susan in Chapter 23?

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

4. What does Spenser say about ballet dancers?

5. In Chapter 14, what does Hawk say about Spenser?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. As evidenced in his conversation with Spenser in Chapter 20, why is Paul curious in relation to why his parents think the way that they do?

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

4. 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?

5. Why does Spenser feel that teaching Paul to box and weight lift is important?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

This story takes place in Boston, and all of the characters are Boston residents. The characters in "Early Autumn" do not speak with any kind of accent, most notably the "Bahstahn" accent. Why does Parker not have his characters speak with any accents?

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

Spenser is the protagonist (hero, good guy) of the story. He is a complex character with many personality aspects who makes some very tough decisions throughout the book. What makes Spenser the hero of the story, even though he makes some decisions which could be viewed as morally problematic? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

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