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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. Why does Spenser not want a personal relationship with Patty?
(a) Because he does not find her attractive.
(b) Because it would be unprofessional and harm his professional reputation.
(c) Because he does not like mixing personal issues with business matters.
(d) 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.

2. What book is Spenser reading in Chapter 7?
(a) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
(b) A Distant Mirror.
(c) To Kill a Mockingbird.
(d) Of Mice and Men.

3. What does Paul ask Spenser about dinner the first night that Patty is away in New York?
(a) Where he got the pizza.
(b) Whether they could go to the Chinese restarurant where he got the take-out.
(c) Whether he could have the tuna salad sandwich from the deli.
(d) Whether he cooked the meal.

4. In Chapter 2, who is the narrator staking out and trying to find?
(a) Mel Giacomin.
(b) Harry Cotton.
(c) Susan Silverman.
(d) Hawk.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When they arrive at the house in Chapter 4, how does the passenger enter the house?

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

3. In Chapter 11, one of the men says something about Spenser and guns. What is it?

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

5. What is Spenser's response to Patty's "plan" in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do Paul Giacomin's feelings for his parents appear to be?

3. If you were Spenser, what would you have done differently in Chapter 2?

4. In April, after Mel's thugs try to kidnap Paul, Patty Giacomin calls Spenser for help once again. This time, she asks Spenser to protect her and Paul. Why does Patty desperately call Spenser when she experiences trouble with her ex-husband in relation to her son?

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

6. In the scene where Paul arrives home, Patty is entertaining a male guest, Stephen Court. How does that scene make you feel?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. What does Spenser's preparation of the impromptu meal in Chapter 9 reveal about his character?

10. 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?

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