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. When Paul asks Spenser about his fighting career, he asks if he could have been a champion; and Spenser says no. What is Spenser's reasoning for that answer?

2. What is the story that Patty recalls in Chapter 13?

3. On their trip to North Conway in Chapter 16, what does Spenser tell Paul is "against the rules"?

4. In Chapter 18, where does Paul tell Spenser that he has never been?

5. Why does Patty refuse to report Mel's actions to the police?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Spenser send Paul and Patty to Susan's house in Chapter 13?

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

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

5. Is Spenser's plan to blackmail the Giacomins in order to make them pay for Paul's education and living expenses, as well as staying away from him a good plan? Why? Why not?

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

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is quite a bit of stereotyping used in "Early Autumn". A stereotype is the belief commonly held about certain social groups or types of individuals. For instance, the stereotypical private eye, or "gumshoe" is a tough guy who has a smart mouth, a smooth talker, and is quick-witted. He always gets the girls and drives a cool car. What are the ways that Spenser fits that stereotype? What are the ways that he does not fit into that stereotype? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Mel Giacomin is the main antagonist (villain, bad guy) of the story. He is not a very complex character, and has very few personality aspects. Unlike Spenser, when he is faced with some tough decisions, he does not make good ones. and definitely makes some decisions which could be viewed as morally problematic. In a story rife with "bad guys" and "seedy characters", what makes Mel the antagonist of this story? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

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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