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. On their first full day at the cabin in Chapter 16, Spenser and Paul go to North Conway for which of the following?

2. The first morning that Paul and Spenser are in the cabin, what does Spenser set out for breakfast?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 22, what skill is Paul learning?

4. In Chapter 19, what does Paul wear on Saturday morning?

5. In Chapter 13, what is Spenser's response to the solution that Patty comes up with regarding living arrangements for Paul?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is the discussion that Spenser and Paul have in Chapter 21 about the rules of fighting an important one?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Spenser feels that in order for Paul to be autonomous, he must learn to work with his hands and have structure and order in his life. To illustrate this, Spenser adheres to a routine of physical exercise and construction on the cabin mixed in with new experiences like going to museums and listening to baseball games on the radio. Do you agree with Spenser that such activities and lessons as these (and the others described in the book) are important to Paul's becoming autonomous? Why? Why not? Use the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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