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 does Spenser tell Paul about fighting in a "regular" fight?

2. What does Spenser say about ballet dancers?

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

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

5. The first morning that Paul and Spenser are in the cabin, what does Spenser set out for breakfast?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Susan's opinion about Spenser keeping Paul?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

As the book progresses, we learn that Spenser has a very sensitive and thoughtful side. He has some very deep thoughts on life and the way that it should be lived, including personal boundaries and living with yourself if you have to cross those boundaries. Use the text to explore those thoughts in greater detail.

Part 1) Why do you think that Spenser has those ideas?

Part 2) Why do you think that Spenser feels that it is important for Paul to understand such ideals?

Part 3) Do you agree with his ideals? Why? Why not?

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