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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. In Chapter 9, what do Paul and Spenser decide to do for dessert?
(a) Go to Baskin-Robbins for ice cream.
(b) Go to a nearby diner for pie.
(c) Buy some cookies at the corner store.
(d) Bake a cake together.

2. After the eviction, what was the narrator's new address?
(a) Boylston Street and the corner of Berkley.
(b) Berkley and Height Ashbury.
(c) Speer and I-25.
(d) It was the same as the previous address.

3. In Chapter 3, after the narrator enters the house and confronts the two people inside, how do the people react?
(a) They are excited.
(b) They are relieved.
(c) They are surprised.
(d) They are happy.

4. In Chapter 10, what does Patty ask Spenser when he returns from dropping Paul off at school?
(a) Whether he likes the peignoir that she is wearing.
(b) Whether he thought that she and Mel should get back together.
(c) Whether he would go with her to the grocery store for a few items.
(d) Whether he would like to move in permanently.

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

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 did Paul say about his own father and cooking?

3. In Chapter 10, Spenser says that he did not mind Patty's idea of fancy cooking; but that there was something that he did mind. What was it?

4. In Chapter 8, what does Patty inform Spenser in relation to the upcoming weekend?

5. Who leaves with the narrator in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. In Chapter 10, Patty propositions Spenser, who politely rejects her advances. The two have a fairly lengthy discussion about the event, during which we learn more about Patty's feelings of self worth. What are those feelings?

9. 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?

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

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