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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. Who leaves with the narrator in Chapter 3?
(a) Elaine Brooks.
(b) Paul Giacomin.
(c) Patty Giacomin.
(d) Mel Giacomin.

2. Who is the narrator?
(a) Mr. Spenser.
(b) Paul Warsol.
(c) Hawkeye Anderson.
(d) Patty and Susan.

3. When Spenser tells Patty that he does not want a personal relationship with her, what is her reaction?
(a) She insults herself and him, and then breaks down crying.
(b) She storms off to her room and starts breaking things.
(c) She gets angry and demands that he leave her house.
(d) She tells him that she understands and that there are not any hard feelings.

4. Why does Spenser not want a personal relationship with Patty?
(a) Because it would be unprofessional and harm his professional reputation.
(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 he does not find her attractive.

5. What is the setting of the first paragraph of Chapter 6?
(a) Madison Square Garden.
(b) Soldier Field.
(c) Lexington, Massachusetts.
(d) Times Square.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 4, what does the passenger say about the narrator's profession?

2. What does the narrator buy at Bloomingdale's?

3. In Chapter 7, what do Patty, Paul, and Spenser have for dinner?

4. In what month does the story begin?

5. What new character is introduced in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

7. What type of person does Mel Giacomin appear to be?

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

9. 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?

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

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