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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. What is Patty's reasoning for being married?
(a) To have a father for Paul.
(b) To have a stable home life.
(c) To get power and money.
(d) To keep her from being lonely.

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

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

4. In Chapter 10, Spenser tells Patty that he can put her in touch with the feminist writer, Rachel Wallace. Patty responds that feminist theory is all well and good on paper, but that it is not successful in reality. Spenser asks her what the term, successful means in the "real world"; and Patty's response is:
(a) "Women are so boring...I need men."
(b) That there is more to life than being a mother and housewife.
(c) That women really need self-actualization.
(d) "That we get a lot further batting our eyes and wiggling our butts."

5. In Chapter 6, what nagging situation is on Spenser's mind?
(a) He is still worrying about Paul Giacomin.
(b) He is still worrying about Patty Giacomin.
(c) There is not a nagging situation on Spenser's mind in Chapter 6.
(d) He is still worrying about Mel Giacomin.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator get into room 315?

2. What kind of car does Elaine Brooks drive?

3. In Chapter 9, what do Paul and Spenser decide to do for dessert?

4. In Chapter 3, who else is in the house besides the narrator and the two people in the living room?

5. In Chapter 8, when he returned after his respite after breakfast, what does Patty ask him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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