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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 is the tall man with the boot camp crew-cut and a navy watch cap who entered Patty's house?
(a) Hawk.
(b) Harry.
(c) Harold.
(d) Buddy.

2. What does Spenser do for dinner the first night that Patty is away in New York?
(a) He gets take-out from a Chinese restarurant just down the corner from his office.
(b) He stops by a deli on his way home and picks up some sandwiches.
(c) He makes pork chops with pineapple cream sauce, rice, and a salad.
(d) He orders out for pizza.

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

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. When Patty leaves for New York, what does Paul do?

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

3. After solving the kidnapping case, when does Spenser hear from Patty again?

4. In Chapter 3, after the narrator enters the house and confronts the two people inside, how do the people react?

5. Who is the short, dumpy, barrel-bodied man with the ugly wig and an auburn Dynel ski cap who entered Patty's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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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