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 18, where does Paul tell Spenser that he has never been?

2. What does Spenser think of the visitor's request in Chapter 22?

3. Who is already there when Spenser arrives at his destination in Chapter 13?

4. What is the name of the restaurant that Paul, Spenser, and Susan dine at in Chapter 19?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Is Spenser's evaluation of Susan's attitude in Chapter 23 an accurate one? Why? Why not?

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

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

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

6. What type of character is Harry Cotton?

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 feel that teaching Paul to box and weight lift is important?

9. What is Susan's opinion about Spenser keeping Paul?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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