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. What does Spenser say about too much positivity in Chapter 20?

2. Spenser tells Paul that they are building the cabin a simpler, yet less desirable way. Why is the way they are doing it less desirable?

3. What option does Spenser give Paul in Chapter 24?

4. Why does Mel's access to "leg breakers" concern Spenser?

5. What is Paul's response to Spenser's plans for the property?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Spenser decide to take Paul to Fryeburg and build a cabin?

9. 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?

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

Patty uses her sexuality and the act of sex to define herself and to measure her self worth.

Part 1) Do you think that is healthy? Why? Why not?

Part 2) How does that outlook hurt her ability to be a mother to Paul?

Part 3) How does that outlook influence Paul?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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