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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 8, when he returned after his respite after breakfast, what does Patty ask him?
(a) Whether he was married.
(b) Whether he was lonely.
(c) Whether he had decided if he would stay with them and take the job or not.
(d) Whether he wanted lunch.

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

3. When Patty leaves for New York, what does Paul do?
(a) Stay with a friend.
(b) Build some cabinets for the house.
(c) Watch TV.
(d) Build a model sailboat.

4. In Chapter 10, what does Patty do in response to Paul's comments about her thoughts on the reality of modern women?
(a) Looking into her coffee cup, she says nothing,
(b) She begins to cry, and runs out of the kitchen and into her bedroom, slamming the door.
(c) She knocks over her half-full cup of coffee and its saucer off the table and onto the floor; and leaves the kitchen for her bedroom, slamming the door.
(d) She is quiet for some time, and finally acknowledges that he has a point.

5. In Chapter 7, what is Patty's "plan" for Spenser?
(a) To go to the police with the story.
(b) To go and threaten her ex-husband.
(c) To stay with her and Paul; to be their protector.
(d) To go and beat up her ex-husband.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4, what reasoning does the narrator give for his career choice?

2. What is the narrator hired to do in Chapter 1?

3. In Chapter 10, what is Paul's response after Patty tells Spenser her thoughts on the reality of modern women?

4. Who is Mel Giacomin?

5. What does the narrator say to the woman who answers the door in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do you think that it was wise for Spenser to have entered Giacomin's house the way that he did?

3. How does Spenser diffuse the situation between himself, Buddy, and Harold in Chapter 11?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. In Chapter 11, Spenser and Paul have a discussion about why Spenser did not shoot the intruders. What does Spenser tell Paul about his reluctance to shoot Buddy and Harold?

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

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

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

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