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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is the setting of the first paragraph of Chapter 6?
(a) Times Square.
(b) Madison Square Garden.
(c) Soldier Field.
(d) Lexington, Massachusetts.

4. 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 Paul is a trophy that Mel and Patty fight over to hurt each other; and that neither really care about Paul's well-being.
(b) That the three of them should go to counseling and work out their issues.
(c) That the divorce really was the most healthy outcome for the family.
(d) That they could really be a happy family if they all tried a little harder.

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

6. Who is Elaine Brooks?
(a) A witness.
(b) Spenser's receptionist.
(c) Spenser's client.
(d) Mel Giacomin's girlfriend.

7. What is Paul's response to Patty's "plan" in Chapter 7?
(a) He is unhappy with the idea.
(b) He is relieved by the idea.
(c) He is angry with the idea.
(d) He makes no response.

8. 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 dancer, a lawyer, a restaurant, and a newspaper agency.
(d) A nosy old lady, a card shark, a lawyer, and a bar.

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

10. Why does Spenser not want a personal relationship with Patty?
(a) Because he is in love with Susan, and because he believes that Paul would think less of him if he were to get involved with Patty.
(b) Because he does not like mixing personal issues with business matters.
(c) Because he does not find her attractive.
(d) Because it would be unprofessional and harm his professional reputation.

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

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

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

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

15. When they arrive at the house in Chapter 4, how does the passenger enter the house?
(a) He pulls out his key and unlocks the side entrance to the house.
(b) He runs up the front steps and bursts through the door.
(c) He opens the back door and enters without knocking or any type of announcement.
(d) He barges in the front door and yells, "Hey! I'm home!"

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Paul ask Spenser about dinner the first night that Patty is away in New York?

2. In Chapter 5, what is Patty's first response to Spenser and Paul's entrance?

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

4. What does Spenser do for dinner the first night that Patty is away in New York?

5. In Chapter 4, what does the passenger say about the narrator's profession?

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