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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. In Chapter 3, after the narrator enters the house and confronts the two people inside, how do the people react?
(a) They are surprised.
(b) They are happy.
(c) They are excited.
(d) They are relieved.
2. In Chapter 4, what does the passenger say about the narrator's muscles?
(a) That they are fake.
(b) That they are impressive.
(c) That they are ugly.
(d) That they are wimpy.
3. In Chapter 5, what is Patty's first response to Spenser and Paul's entrance?
(a) She cries and runs to her son.
(b) She throws her arms around Paul and gives him a big hug.
(c) "Oh, Paul, I didn't expect you so soon."
(d) "Where were you?"
4. What is Spenser's response to Patty's "plan" in Chapter 7?
(a) He tells her that it will not work, and that they must think of something else.
(b) He agrees, but acknowledges that guarding them is only a temporary solution.
(c) He asks her to put him on permanent retainer.
(d) He politely declines the job, and gives her the name of an associate more suited for that type of work.
5. What did Paul say about his own father and cooking?
(a) That Mel said that he would teach Paul to cook one day.
(b) That he never did it, and that he said it was for girls.
(c) That he would like to learn.
(d) That Mel cooked all the time.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who does Spenser call on to help him during the hostage situation in Chapter 12?
2. In Chapter 7, what do Patty, Paul, and Spenser have for dinner?
3. In what city does this story take place?
4. In Chapter 8, when he returned after his respite after breakfast, what does Patty ask him?
5. After the eviction, what was the narrator's new address?
Short Essay Questions
1. Do you think that it was wise for Spenser to have entered Giacomin's house the way that he did?
2. Spenser reluctantly takes the job of protecting Patty and Paul from Mel and his thugs. What reservations does Spenser have about taking the job, and why does he take it?
3. What type of person does Paul Giacomin appear to be?
4. In Chapter 9, Spenser makes an impromptu dinner for himself and Paul. At the dinner table, Paul seems surprised that Spenser can cook. The discussion that follows allows the reader to learn more about Paul and his relationship with the world around him. What did you learn about Paul and how he relates to the world around him?
5. Why does Spenser not like the growing sense of intimacy that he describes in Chapter 10?
6. In Chapter 10, Patty propositions Spenser, who politely rejects her advances. The two have a fairly lengthy discussion about the event, during which we learn more about Patty's feelings of self worth. What are those feelings?
7. When Paul arrives home, what is the reaction that mother and son both give and receive?
8. What does the discussion that Patty and Spenser have in Chapter 8 reveal to the audience about Patty's real character?
9. 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?
10. How does Spenser diffuse the situation between himself, Buddy, and Harold in Chapter 11?
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