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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. After solving the kidnapping case, when does Spenser hear from Patty again?
(a) In October.
(b) In May.
(c) In December.
(d) In April.

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

4. Who is the short, dumpy, barrel-bodied man with the ugly wig and an auburn Dynel ski cap who entered Patty's house?
(a) Buddy.
(b) Harold.
(c) Harry.
(d) Hawk.

5. In Chapter 10, after Patty freshens up and returns to the breakfast table, she and Spenser have a discussion. What is that discussion about?
(a) About how they should handle Mel.
(b) About what the next stage of their plan for Paul should be.
(c) About whether they should go to the police about the attempted kidnapping.
(d) About Patty acting out her need for companionship.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 8, when Patty and Spenser are talking at the breakfast table, what conclusion does Spenser come to about Patty, Mel, and Paul's relationship?

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

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

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

5. In Chapter 6, what nagging situation is on Spenser's mind?

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. 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?

3. 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?

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

6. In Chapter 12 we meet Hawk. What kind of a person does Hawk 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. Do you think that it was wise for Spenser to have entered Giacomin's house the way that he did?

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

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

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