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. Who is already there when Spenser arrives at his destination in Chapter 13?

3. Right after visiting Louis', where do Paul and Spenser go?

4. What is Paul's opinion on possibly finding out some less-than-desirable information on his parents?

5. In Chapter 17, what physical activity do Spenser and Paul engage in?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. In Chapter 21 we are able to see how Paul is growing both physically and emotionally. How has he grown?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Paul Giacomin is at the heart of this story. He is the boy whose parents fight over him as if he were property; and the boy whom Spenser fights for in order to save his life. Explore Paul's character. Look through the text and use examples from it to support your ideas in relation to the kind of a person that Paul was before he met Spenser, and what kind of a person he was when he left Spenser to go to school.

Essay Topic 3

If you were the author of "Early Autumn", what is one aspect of the story that you would change? Why would you change it? How would it affect the overall story?

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