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. Why does Susan feel the way that she does about the idea of Paul being away from his parents and learning self-reliance?

2. What does Spenser tell Paul that they are going to do with Susan's rural property?

3. Where do Paul and Spenser catch the person whom they are looking for in Chapter 24?

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

5. Who was the best fighter Spenser ever fought?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What type of character is Harry Cotton?

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

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 send Paul and Patty to Susan's house in Chapter 13?

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

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

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

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

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

Mel and Patty have a complex relationship. They used to be in love, hence their marriage and Paul's birth. Somewhere along the way, that marriage disintegrated, leading to their separation and eventual divorce. Now their only purpose is to hurt each other in any way that they can, specifically to use Paul as the object to do that with.

Part 1) Explore the motivation that the two have to hurt each other the way that they do; why do you think that they do it?

Part 2) What effect has that relationship between his parents had on Paul?

Use specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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