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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What kind of car does Elaine Brooks drive?
(a) A red MGB with a gold luggage rack.
(b) A black Buick Regal.
(c) A Jaguar ZX2.
(d) A gold LaCrosse.

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

3. Where does the narrator follow the woman to in Chapter 3?
(a) Spenser's office.
(b) Hawk's gym.
(c) Harry Cotton's condominium.
(d) Mel Giacomin's house.

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

5. 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) "You are going through a tough time. But you will not feel that way forever."
(c) "Just because I am a boy I do not have an opinion on the subject."
(d) "Yeah, look where it got you."

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Paul's response to Patty's "plan" in Chapter 7?

2. What is Patty's reasoning for being married?

3. In Chapter 8, how long was the time period that Spenser was gone following breakfast?

4. In Chapter 10, what does Patty ask Spenser when he returns from dropping Paul off at school?

5. What did Paul say about his own father and cooking?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 12 we meet Hawk. What kind of a person does Hawk appear to be?

2. When Paul arrives home, what is the reaction that mother and son both give and receive?

3. Why does Spenser not like the growing sense of intimacy that he describes in Chapter 10?

4. What does the discussion that Patty and Spenser have in Chapter 8 reveal to the audience about Patty's real character?

5. What type of person does the narrator seem to be?

6. Based on what we read in Chapter 2, what types of personal qualities would be necessary to handle Spenser's job? Why?

7. By the beginning of Chapter 6, some time has passed since Spenser's case with the Giacomins; but, he really cannot stop thinking about the whole situation. It bothers him at a basketball game during a date with his girlfriend, Susan. What does this extended concern that Spenser shows for Paul and the discontent that Spenser feel for Patty and Mel show about Spenser's character?

8. What type of person does Patty Giacomin seem to be?

9. In Chapter 6 we are introduced to Spenser's girlfriend, Susan Silverman. What type of a person does she seem to be, and how does that contrast or compliment Spenser's personality?

10. What type of person does Paul Giacomin appear to be?

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