Term 1


Early Autumn By Robert Parker.

Week 1


1. Read chapters 1-10 and use a dialog journal.
2. Answer questions for each chapter in your notebook. (below)

Week 2

1. Read Chapters 11-22 and use a dialog journal.
2. Answer questions for each chapter in your notebook. (below)
3. Learn how to freewrite.

Monday
Read Chapters 11-15 in Early Autumn and discuss.
Learn how to freewrite. Answer dialogue journal questions.
Homework:Finish reading 11-15 with DJ.

Tuesday
Read aloud 16-20 in EA. Discuss.
Practice freewriting. DJ check.
Homework:Finish reading 16-20 with DJ.

Wednesday
Today we will start by sharing all our vocab words from dialogue journals. We will make a class list. Then, we will tackle the questions you had from chapters 16-20. After that, you will practice freewriting again, but this time it will be focused freewriting.

Homework is to read pages chapters 21&22 with DJ.

Thursday
Test day! You can have as long as you like to take it. If you finish early, you will read chapter 23. Of course, you will use your DJ with it.
Homework:Do a focused freewrite on Early Autumn themes.

Friday
Read and discuss chapters 23&24 in Early Autumn.
Focused freewriting session.

Week 3

Monday
Read Chapters 25-27 in Early Autumn and discuss.
We will do a progress check on the essays.
Answer dialogue journal questions.
Homework:Finish reading 25-27 with DJ.

Tuesday
Read aloud 28-30 in EA. Discuss.
Writer's Workshop. DJ check.
Homework:Finish reading 28-30 with DJ.

Wednesday
Today we will start by sharing all our vocab words from dialogue journals. We will make a class list. Then, we will tackle the questions you had from chapters 28-30. After that, we will begin drafting our essays.
Homework is to read 31-33 and DJ.

Thursday
Today we will start by sharing questions from our dialogue journals. After that, we will share the drafts we have been working on.
Homework is to study for the test.

Friday
Test day! You can have as long as you like to take it. If you finish early, you will turn in your books. Then, you can go back and finish your drafts.



Early Autumn Questions

Chapter 1

1. Reread the conversation on page 8.
What clues can you pick up to indicate that Patty Giacomin is not so prim and proper as she first appears to be?



2. What situation does Patty tell Spenser about concerning her ex-husband? What is her opinion of him? Please be specific.



Chapter 2

1. Give a detailed description of how Spenser gains access to Elaine Brooks’ apartment.




Chapter 3

1. How does Spencer find Mel?



2. Choose one adjective that describes Mel and relate one incident from the novel that
supports your opinion.



3. What do we discover about Mel’s attitude toward Paul? Give reasons for your answers.



4. What question does Spenser ask Paul, and what is Paul’s reaction?




5. Where does Spenser get his name from?



6. What is a literary allusion?


7. Who is being quoted here: “Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary?




Chapter 4

1. At the beginning of this chapter Spenser continues, or at least tries to continue, the conversation he had with Paul concerning Paul’s living situation. What do we learn about Spenser’s character during this conversation?






2. What philosophy does Spencer try to explain to Paul on page 28?




Chapter 5
1. What can you conclude by the way that Paul and Patty
greet each other on page 31?


2. What does Patty ask of Spencer on page 33? What is your
opinion of this?



3. Spencer mentions something about propriety on page 37.
What exactly does he mean by this?




4.Make a list of other things you find about Spencer and Paul while they are in the Chinese restaurant.






Chapter 6
1. What problem does Spencer approach Susan with on pages 40&41? What is her reaction?






2. Why does Spenser insist that this problem is different or more intense?






3. What does he propose to do concerning the problem on page 44? Do you believe him? Why or why not?



Chapter 7

1. How much time has lapsed from the previous chapter?



2. Initially, how important does Patty’s phone call appear to be? After Spencer gets to her home, how important does he think the situation is?



3. In what capacity does Patty wish to hire Spencer?



4. Make a list of the several things that Patty says or does during this chapter to indicate that she is either insincere about her plight or more interested in something else.



Chapter 8

1. Patty reveals her attitude about children and Paul on pages 54 & 55. What is it and what is your opinion of it?




2. What is self-actualization?




3. What is Patty’s attitude toward men?




4. Who is Gloria Steinham?



Chapter 9
1. What does Paul spend most of his time doing?



2. What does Spenser do on page 61 with a certain amount of expertise?




3. Describe Paul’s attitude during this chapter.




4. How does Paul feel about the fact that Spenser cooked dinner?




5. Identify what gender stereotype Mel has about cooking. Explain how you feel about this.




6. Why doesn’t Spenser have ice cream?


Chapter 10

1. What does Patty Giacomin do on page 65? Why does she do this?





Chapter 11

1. Who barges in?


2. Why do they barge in?


3. How does Spenser describe them?




4. How does Spenser know one of them?



5. What does Spenser say about how he feels about killing people? (76)




6. What does Spenser mean when he says: “Nothing’s absolute.” (76)






Chapter 12

1. Describe Hawk. What does he look like, and what type of person is he? Give reasons for your answers.




2. Describe the rescue of Paul and his mother.



Chapter 13

1. Why won’t Patty Giacomin tell the police on her husband?



2. What is diction?


3. What does Hawk mean when he says: “Born beer, die beer.” on page 87.


4. What does Susan mean when she says: “What am I Howard Johnson’s?” on page 88.



5. What is the mood of the conversation on page 89 between Spenser and Susan?




6. What does Hawk do for a living? (91)



7. What color is Hawk’s skin? How can you tell?


Chapter 14

1. Susan is afraid that Spenser will not be able to help Paul . What does she tell him about parents who mess up even with children that they love? (pages 97-98)



2. Why does Spenser insist that he’s got to help Paul?




3. On page 100 there is a reference to the title. Explain the metaphor that Spenser is employing here. Explain how this metaphor applies to Paul’s situation.







Chapter 15

1. What book is Spenser reading?t is it about?



2.Paul thinks reading is boring. Spenser tells him why he reads about people of different
times. What is the explanation? (page 106)




3. What does Spenser tell Paul about liking your work? (page 107)




4. While speaking of Hawk, Spenser says, “He’s not good, but he’s a good man.” What does he mean by this?



5. What is Ozymandias? From the context of the chapter, tell me what it means? Where does Spenser get that word from?




Chapter 16

1. How does Spenser treat Paul when he refuses to get out of bed? Why does he do this?




2. Discuss Spenser’s advise to Paul on pages 113 and 114 . What is he trying to get him to learn?




Chapter 17

1. What is the definition of autonomous? Discuss why Spenser tells Paul that he must be autonomous. (page 123)




2. Discuss Spenser’s philosophy about why it’s important to be good at something.
(pages 122&123)



Chapter 18

1. What is Spenser’s response when Paul asks why machines can’t be used to build the cabin? (page 126)




2. What is Spenser’s response when Paul asks him why lifting weights and building houses has to do with learning autonomy?



3. Where are they? (125)




4. Why doesn’t Spenser use a machine to dig holes? (126)



5. What does autonomous mean?




6. Who is Spenser quoting: “Only when love and need are one.” ? What does this mean? What poem is it from?







Chapter 19

1. Why does Spenser make Paul choose for himself which outfit he is going to wear?
(page 133)




2. How does Susan act in the restaurant? Why do you think she is acting this way?



3. What did Spenser do in Korea? (130)



4. What does Spenser mean when he says: “I don’t have the build for it.” ? (131)




5. Why does Spenser say: “I decided not to kiss him.” ? (131)




6. What metaphors does Spenser make to describe the clothing store, Louis’? (132)




7. What is a gumshoe permit? (132)




8. What happened at the MFA? (133)




9. Why does Spencer stop and look at Susan from Gloucester Street? (134)




10. What’s wrong with Susan at dinner? (135)










Chapter 20

1. What is Spenser’s reaction when Paul says that he’s been told that all male ballet dancers are “fags?” (page 138)




2. Explain Spenser’s talk with Paul about why Paul’s father categorizes people. (page 139)




3. Explain what Spenser means when he says that “too much positive is either scared or stupid or both.” (page 139-140)




4. What do you think Spenser means when he says “quiet desperation.” (page 140)




5. What is Spenser’s advice to Paul on how to live his life? (page 140)



Chapter 21

1. What does Spenser mean when he says that “the concept of a fair fight is meaningless” ? (page 144)



Chapter 22

1. Why has Patty Giacomin decided to let her husband have Paul?




2. What does Spenser know will happen when Mel Giacomin finds out he’s doing his wife a favor by taking Paul? (page 149)


3. On page 151 Spenser quotes Johnathon Keats’ poem, Ode ro a Grecian Urn. What is the quotation? And why does he use it? What does the quotation describe?



Chapter 23 & 24


1. What does Susan mean when she says that “even parents who dislike...” (and abuse)... “their childrenn resent giving them up.” pages 156-157



2. What does Spencer decide to do in order to help Paul ? What is his reasoning for doing this ? page 172



3. What is Captains Courageous? (154)




4. On page 176 Spenser says: “ Readiness is all.” What does this mean? Where does it come from?


Chapter 25

1. What are Spencer’s feelings about why Harry Cotton refuses to be pushed around?




Chapter 26

What does this mean: “Readiness is all.” ? Who does Spenser quote from? Who first wrote these words?





Chapter 27

1. Explain why Spenser thinks it would be better for Paul to live at a boarding school than with him. page 186



2. Explain what Hawk reveals to Spenser in this chapter.



3. “Bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang.” This is from Sonnet 73 by Shakespeare. What does it mean?





Chapter 28

1. What book does Spenser suggest that Paul take out of the library? Why is this a good book for Paul?




Chapter 29

1. Explain what Spenser learns about Patty Giacomin in this chapter.





Chapter 30

1. Explain why Spenser doesn’t want Mel in jail.



2. “I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I not honor more.” This is by Richard Lovelace, from Lucasta. To Lucasta, Going to the Wars, stanza 3.





Chapter 31

1, Explain the difference between Spenser and Hawk when it comes to shooting Harry Cotton . page 210





2. Why do you think Hawk did what he did?




Chapter 32
1. Discuss the deals Spenser makes with both Mel and Patty in this chapter.






Chapter 33

1. Discuss the stipulation Spenser makes about Paul coming home to see him and why he makes this stipulation. page 220




2. How does Paul change during this novel?




3. Did you like this novel?




4. Explain why you liked or didn’t like it.