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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 3, who else is in the house besides the narrator and the two people in the living room?
(a) Paul Giacomin.
(b) Shelley.
(c) Mel Giacomin's cleaning lady.
(d) Buddy Hartman.

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

3. What is the first question that the narrator asks the passenger in Chapter 4 after leaving the house?
(a) "Who would you rather live with, your mother or your father?
(b) "Smart. I like a man who gets out of a marriage gracefully. Don't you?"
(c) "Package for Ms. Brooks. She 'ere?"
(d) "Name's Spenser with an S, like the Poet. I'm in the Boston Book. Under Tough. Heard of me?"

4. In Chapter 5, what is Patty's first response to Spenser and Paul's entrance?
(a) "Where were you?"
(b) "Oh, Paul, I didn't expect you so soon."
(c) She cries and runs to her son.
(d) She throws her arms around Paul and gives him a big hug.

5. 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 gets angry and demands that he leave her house.
(c) She tells him that she understands and that there are not any hard feelings.
(d) She storms off to her room and starts breaking things.

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

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

8. What does Paul ask Spenser about dinner the first night that Patty is away in New York?
(a) Where he got the pizza.
(b) Whether he could have the tuna salad sandwich from the deli.
(c) Whether they could go to the Chinese restarurant where he got the take-out.
(d) Whether he cooked the meal.

9. In Chapter 6, what nagging situation is on Spenser's mind?
(a) He is still worrying about Mel Giacomin.
(b) He is still worrying about Paul Giacomin.
(c) There is not a nagging situation on Spenser's mind in Chapter 6.
(d) He is still worrying about Patty Giacomin.

10. Who is the tall man with the boot camp crew-cut and a navy watch cap who entered Patty's house?
(a) Harold.
(b) Buddy.
(c) Harry.
(d) Hawk.

11. In what month does the story begin?
(a) April.
(b) August.
(c) January.
(d) November.

12. 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 the three of them should go to counseling and work out their issues.
(b) 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.
(c) That they could really be a happy family if they all tried a little harder.
(d) That the divorce really was the most healthy outcome for the family.

13. What is the narrator hired to do in Chapter 1?
(a) Investigate the client's spouse.
(b) Find the client's son and bring him back home.
(c) Locate the client's missing dog, a championship-winning fox terrier.
(d) Help the client find out about a blackmailer.

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 is quiet for some time, and finally acknowledges that he has a point.
(d) 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.

15. Who were some of the narrator's new neighbors?
(a) A bookie and a fortune teller.
(b) A dancer, a lawyer, a restaurant, and a newspaper agency.
(c) A nosy old lady, a card shark, a lawyer, and a bar.
(d) Brooks Brothers, a bank, Bonwit Teller, Police Headquarters, and an ad agency.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens to the Giacomin house two days following the argument about the role of the modern women?

2. What new character is introduced in Chapter 6?

3. What does Patty want Spenser to do in Chapter 7?

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

5. What does Spenser wonder about the female jogger in the beige and blue exercise outfit?

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