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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Mel Giacomin?
(a) A hoodlum Spenser knows from the past.
(b) Spenser's client.
(c) A dentist.
(d) Patty's ex-husband and Paul's father.

2. What habit does the passenger have that drives the narrator absolutely crazy during their car ride in Chapter 4?
(a) He will not talk and blinks alot.
(b) He shakes his head and says that he does not know the answer to every question that he is asked.
(c) He shrugs his shoulders in response to almost every question that he is asked.
(d) He chain smokes.

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

4. 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 agrees, but acknowledges that guarding them is only a temporary solution.
(c) He tells her that it will not work, and that they must think of something else.
(d) He asks her to put him on permanent retainer.

5. 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 they could really be a happy family if they all tried a little harder.
(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 divorce really was the most healthy outcome for the family.

6. In Chapter 9, what do Paul and Spenser decide to do for dessert?
(a) Buy some cookies at the corner store.
(b) Go to Baskin-Robbins for ice cream.
(c) Bake a cake together.
(d) Go to a nearby diner for pie.

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

8. In Chapter 4, what reasoning does the narrator give for his career choice?
(a) "I couldn't finish medical school."
(b) "It lets me live life on my own terms."
(c) "I used to be a singer, until I popped my vocal chord."
(d) "All the good acting roles were taken."

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

10. What does the narrator buy at Bloomingdale's?
(a) A gold watch.
(b) A silver wine bucket.
(c) A pair of sneakers.
(d) A fedora.

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

12. Who is inside the building that the narrator enters in Chapter 3?
(a) Spenser and Susan Silverman.
(b) Patty Giacomin and Paul Giacomin.
(c) Hawk and Henry.
(d) Mel Giacomin and Elaine Brooks.

13. In Chapter 10, what does Patty do in response to Paul's comments about her thoughts on the reality of modern women?
(a) She is quiet for some time, and finally acknowledges that he has a point.
(b) Looking into her coffee cup, she says nothing,
(c) She begins to cry, and runs out of the kitchen and into her bedroom, slamming the door.
(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.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who hires the narrator in Chapter 1?

2. In Chapter 3, what does the man keep calling the narrator?

3. 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:

4. In Chapter 8, when he returned after his respite after breakfast, what does Patty ask him?

5. Which one of the men who enter Patty's house in Chapter 11 does Spenser know?

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