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 15, what does Spenser discover about Paul's strength when they are moving their gear and settling in?

2. What is Paul's answer when Spenser asks him whether there is any place that he has always wanted to go, that no one would take him, that he was afraid to ask?

3. Why does Spenser feel that Paul needs to be away from his parents?

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

5. Who are Spenser and Paul looking for after lunch in Chapter 24?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Susan feel about Spenser sending Paul and Patty to her house in Chapter 13?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As the book progresses, we learn that Spenser has a very sensitive and thoughtful side. He has some very deep thoughts on life and the way that it should be lived, including personal boundaries and living with yourself if you have to cross those boundaries. Use the text to explore those thoughts in greater detail.

Part 1) Why do you think that Spenser has those ideas?

Part 2) Why do you think that Spenser feels that it is important for Paul to understand such ideals?

Part 3) Do you agree with his ideals? Why? Why not?

Essay Topic 2

Spenser feels that the only way to make Paul grow up and become self-reliant, and in turn survive, is for him to get away from his parents. When Patty comes back to Spenser to take Paul back, Paul refuses to go and Patty leaves without him. This begins Spenser thinking about issues like parental rights and kidnapping, which Susan is also concerned about.

Part 1) If you were Spenser, what would your thoughts on these two topics be, pertaining to Paul? Would you agree with Susan, or would you agree with Spenser?

Part 2) If you were Paul, what would your thoughts on these two topics?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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