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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 8, what does Spenser do after breakfast?
(a) Take a nap.
(b) Go to his office and check his messages.
(c) Take a walk.
(d) Go out for a run.

2. What is Patty's reasoning for being married?
(a) To have a father for Paul.
(b) To keep her from being lonely.
(c) To get power and money.
(d) To have a stable home life.

3. In Chapter 7, what do Patty, Paul, and Spenser have for dinner?
(a) Hot dogs with macarooni and cheese.
(b) Cold tuna sandwiches on rye bread.
(c) Steak, peas, and baked potato.
(d) Hamburgers and french fries.

4. In what city does this story take place?
(a) Los Angeles.
(b) Miami.
(c) New York City.
(d) Boston.

5. Which one of the men who enter Patty's house in Chapter 11 does Spenser know?
(a) Harold.
(b) Hawk.
(c) Harry.
(d) Buddy.

6. Who was at home with Patty when Spenser and Paul arrived in Chapter 5?
(a) Susan Silverman.
(b) Harry Cotton.
(c) Stephen Court.
(d) Mel Giacomin.

7. Who does Spenser call on to help him during the hostage situation in Chapter 12?
(a) Harold.
(b) Buddy.
(c) Henry.
(d) Hawk.

8. What does Spenser do for dinner the first night that Patty is away in New York?
(a) He gets take-out from a Chinese restarurant just down the corner from his office.
(b) He makes pork chops with pineapple cream sauce, rice, and a salad.
(c) He orders out for pizza.
(d) He stops by a deli on his way home and picks up some sandwiches.

9. In Chapter 10, what is Paul's response after Patty tells Spenser her thoughts on the reality of modern women?
(a) "Yeah, look where it got you."
(b) "Those are your beliefs, Mom."
(c) "You are going through a tough time. But you will not feel that way forever."
(d) "Just because I am a boy I do not have an opinion on the subject."

10. What did Paul say about his own father and cooking?
(a) That he would like to learn.
(b) That Mel cooked all the time.
(c) That Mel said that he would teach Paul to cook one day.
(d) That he never did it, and that he said it was for girls.

11. Who hires the narrator in Chapter 1?
(a) Susan Silverman.
(b) Buddy.
(c) Patty Giacomin.
(d) Hawk.

12. When Patty leaves for New York, what does Spenser do?
(a) Go to his office to catch up on some other cases.
(b) Go for a run.
(c) Watches tennis matches on TV.
(d) Read.

13. What does the narrator say to the woman who answers the door in Chapter 2?
(a) That he is delivering a package from Mr. Giacomin.
(b) That he is selling magazine subscriptions.
(c) That he is looking for her lost cat.
(d) That he needs directions.

14. What new character is introduced in Chapter 6?
(a) Susan.
(b) Buddy.
(c) Harry.
(d) Hawk.

15. In Chapter 8, when Patty and Spenser are talking at the breakfast table, what conclusion does Spenser come to about Patty, Mel, and Paul's relationship?
(a) That they could really be a happy family if they all tried a little harder.
(b) That the divorce really was the most healthy outcome for the family.
(c) That Paul is a trophy that Mel and Patty fight over to hurt each other; and that neither really care about Paul's well-being.
(d) That the three of them should go to counseling and work out their issues.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who leaves with the narrator in Chapter 3?

2. In Chapter 10, Spenser tells Patty that he can put her in touch with the feminist writer, Rachel Wallace. Patty responds that feminist theory is all well and good on paper, but that it is not successful in reality. Spenser asks her what the term, successful means in the "real world"; and Patty's response is:

3. Besides the narrator, who else was evicted from the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston?

4. In Chapter 3, who else is in the house besides the narrator and the two people in the living room?

5. In Chapter 3, after the narrator enters the house and confronts the two people inside, how do the people react?

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