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 Mel's access to "leg breakers" concern Spenser?

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

3. 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?

4. What is Spenser's response when Paul asks him why he thinks that Paul's parents say everything is for girls?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Is Spenser's evaluation of Susan's attitude in Chapter 23 an accurate one? Why? Why not?

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

6. Aside from making sure that Paul has a presentable suit to wear to the ballet, what is the point of taking Paul to Louis' to get a suit?

7. 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?

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. What type of character is Harry Cotton?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Spenser is the protagonist (hero, good guy) of the story. He is a complex character with many personality aspects who makes some very tough decisions throughout the book. What makes Spenser the hero of the story, even though he makes some decisions which could be viewed as morally problematic? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Spenser and Susan's relationship is very different from Mel and Patty's.

Part 1) Explore the relationship between Susan and Spenser in a more in-depth way; how do they treat each other (i.e., Spenser uses manners when speaking to Susan; Susan is always truthful to Spenser, even when it is not something that he necessarily wants to hear);

Part 2) How does the relationship between Spenser and Susan affect Paul?

Use specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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