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 20, what does Paul reveal to Spenser about his dreams?

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

3. What does Susan say about Spenser's personality in Chapter 20?

4. What is the first step that Paul and Spenser work on when building the cabin?

5. What does the man at the desk threaten to do in Chapter 25?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Spenser is not afraid to use physical force when he feels that it is necessary to accomplish his goal. However, he is very careful to use lethal force. Why do you think that is? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Another major theme of this story is that of personal responsibility. Explore the idea of personal responsibility as it relates to each major character (Spenser, Susan, Patty, Mel, and Paul). How does each character feel about personal responsibility? How do they demonstrate those beliefs? Use instances from the text to support your answers.

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