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 is the story that Patty recalls in Chapter 13?

2. In Chapter 21, what physical activity do Spenser and Paul engage in?

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

4. What does Paul ask Spenser about red and gray squirrels?

5. 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?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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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