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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 7, what is Patty's "plan" for Spenser?
(a) To go and threaten her ex-husband.
(b) To go to the police with the story.
(c) To go and beat up her ex-husband.
(d) To stay with her and Paul; to be their protector.

2. When Spenser tells Patty that he does not want a personal relationship with her, what is her reaction?
(a) She insults herself and him, and then breaks down crying.
(b) She tells him that she understands and that there are not any hard feelings.
(c) She storms off to her room and starts breaking things.
(d) She gets angry and demands that he leave her house.

3. In Chapter 7, what does Patty tell Spenser has happened to Paul?
(a) That Paul tried to run away to his father's house.
(b) That his father came to Paul's school and tried to take him out of class.
(c) That a strange man approached Paul on his way home from school, and told him that his father wanted to see him. When Paul would not go with him, the man got out of his car and started to chase him.
(d) That the person whom she hired to babysit Paul while she was out, turned out to be one of Mel's henchmen who tried to kidnap Paul.

4. In Chapter 2, who is the narrator staking out and trying to find?
(a) Hawk.
(b) Susan Silverman.
(c) Mel Giacomin.
(d) Harry Cotton.

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

6. Besides the narrator, who else was evicted from the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston?
(a) No one.
(b) A fortune-teller and a bookie.
(c) A bank and a tailor.
(d) A pet shop and a dry cleaner.

7. What is Spenser's response to Patty's "plan" in Chapter 7?
(a) He tells her that it will not work, and that they must think of something else.
(b) He politely declines the job, and gives her the name of an associate more suited for that type of work.
(c) He asks her to put him on permanent retainer.
(d) He agrees, but acknowledges that guarding them is only a temporary solution.

8. How does the narrator get into room 315?
(a) By posing like a pizza delivery person.
(b) By breaking in.
(c) By acting like a cabbie delivering a package.
(d) By knocking on the door.

9. What does Spenser wonder about the female jogger in the beige and blue exercise outfit?
(a) Whether he could ask her for her phone number.
(b) Whether she was wealthy or poor?
(c) Whether she was married or living with someone.
(d) Whether she would jog with him if he were to offer her money and power.

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

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

12. Who are the two men who force their way into Patty's house in Chapter 11?
(a) Hawk and Harry.
(b) Henry and Harry.
(c) Buddy and Harold.
(d) Spenser and Buddy.

13. In Chapter 10, after Patty freshens up and returns to the breakfast table, she and Spenser have a discussion. What is that discussion about?
(a) About whether they should go to the police about the attempted kidnapping.
(b) About Patty acting out her need for companionship.
(c) About how they should handle Mel.
(d) About what the next stage of their plan for Paul should be.

14. In Chapter 10, what does Patty do in response to Paul's comments about her thoughts on the reality of modern women?
(a) She begins to cry, and runs out of the kitchen and into her bedroom, slamming the door.
(b) Looking into her coffee cup, she says nothing,
(c) She knocks over her half-full cup of coffee and its saucer off the table and onto the floor; and leaves the kitchen for her bedroom, slamming the door.
(d) She is quiet for some time, and finally acknowledges that he has a point.

15. In Chapter 10, Spenser says that he did not mind Patty's idea of fancy cooking; but that there was something that he did mind. What was it?
(a) Not being able to get his runs in regularly.
(b) A growing sense of intimacy.
(c) Not serving beer at dinner.
(d) Paul eating his meals in his room.

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter 2, where is the narrator sitting?

2. What is the setting of the first paragraph of Chapter 6?

3. Who hires the narrator in Chapter 1?

4. What is the first question that the narrator asks the passenger in Chapter 4 after leaving the house?

5. What is the narrator hired to do in Chapter 1?

(see the answer keys)

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