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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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 how they should handle Mel.
(b) About whether they should go to the police about the attempted kidnapping.
(c) About Patty acting out her need for companionship.
(d) About what the next stage of their plan for Paul should be.
2. When Patty leaves for New York, what does Spenser do?
(a) Go for a run.
(b) Watches tennis matches on TV.
(c) Go to his office to catch up on some other cases.
3. What does Patty want Spenser to do in Chapter 7?
(a) To go to her house in Lexington.
(b) To help her find her sister.
(c) To retrieve Paul again.
(d) To deliver a message to Mel.
4. How does the narrator get into room 315?
(a) By breaking in.
(b) By acting like a cabbie delivering a package.
(c) By knocking on the door.
(d) By posing like a pizza delivery person.
5. Why does Spenser not want a personal relationship with Patty?
(a) Because he does not find her attractive.
(b) 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.
(c) Because he does not like mixing personal issues with business matters.
(d) Because it would be unprofessional and harm his professional reputation.
6. 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) Brooks Brothers, a bank, Bonwit Teller, Police Headquarters, and an ad agency.
(d) A nosy old lady, a card shark, a lawyer, and a bar.
7. What is Patty's reasoning for being married?
(a) To keep her from being lonely.
(b) To have a stable home life.
(c) To have a father for Paul.
(d) To get power and money.
8. What is Spenser's response to Patty's "plan" in Chapter 7?
(a) He asks her to put him on permanent retainer.
(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 politely declines the job, and gives her the name of an associate more suited for that type of work.
9. Who does Spenser call on to help him during the hostage situation in Chapter 12?
10. Who leaves with the narrator in Chapter 3?
(a) Paul Giacomin.
(b) Patty Giacomin.
(c) Mel Giacomin.
(d) Elaine Brooks.
11. In Chapter 7, what does Patty tell Spenser has happened to Paul?
(a) That his father came to Paul's school and tried to take him out of class.
(b) That Paul tried to run away to his father's house.
(c) 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.
(d) 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.
12. In Chapter 4, what does the passenger say about the narrator's muscles?
(a) That they are impressive.
(b) That they are ugly.
(c) That they are fake.
(d) That they are wimpy.
13. In Chapter 2, who is the narrator staking out and trying to find?
(a) Harry Cotton.
(c) Susan Silverman.
(d) Mel Giacomin.
14. What favor does Patty ask of Spenser in Chapter 5?
(a) That Spenser move in as their permanent bodyguard.
(b) That Spenser take Paul out to dinner because she has plans.
(c) That Spenser stay the night and protect her and Paul.
(d) That Spenser serve Mel with a restraining order.
15. In Chapter 8, what does Patty inform Spenser in relation to the upcoming weekend?
(a) That he and Paul will be alone because she is going to New York.
(b) That Mel is coming to visit Paul because it is his court-ordered visitation day.
(c) That Susan is having a grand party at the house.
(d) That Paul has a doctor's appointment.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Paul ask Spenser about dinner the first night that Patty is away in New York?
2. At the beginning of Chapter 2, where is the narrator sitting?
3. Who is the tall man with the boot camp crew-cut and a navy watch cap who entered Patty's house?
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?
5. Who is Mel Giacomin?
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