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

2. 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 politely declines the job, and gives her the name of an associate more suited for that type of work.
(d) He asks her to put him on permanent retainer.

3. Who were some of the narrator's new neighbors?
(a) A dancer, a lawyer, a restaurant, and a newspaper agency.
(b) Brooks Brothers, a bank, Bonwit Teller, Police Headquarters, and an ad agency.
(c) A bookie and a fortune teller.
(d) A nosy old lady, a card shark, a lawyer, and a bar.

4. How does the narrator get into room 315?
(a) By breaking in.
(b) By posing like a pizza delivery person.
(c) By knocking on the door.
(d) By acting like a cabbie delivering a package.

5. At the beginning of Chapter 2, where is the narrator sitting?
(a) Outside an apartment building on Hammond Pond Parkway in Chestnut Hill.
(b) At the counter of a Dunkin' Donuts.
(c) At police headquarters.
(d) The narrator's office.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Mel Giacomin?

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

3. Who leaves with the narrator in Chapter 3?

4. What does Spenser wonder about the female jogger in the beige and blue exercise outfit?

5. In Chapter 10, what does Patty do in response to Paul's comments about her thoughts on the reality of modern women?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. In Chapter 8, Patty makes breakfast for herself and Spenser after Spenser drops Paul off at school. During breakfast the two of them get into a somewhat heated discussion about the roles of men and women in life, as well as their places in society. What are Patty's views on the topic as shown by that discussion?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. What does Spenser's rescue plan for Patty and Paul along with its execution show us about yet another part of Spenser's personality?

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