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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 does Spenser call on to help him during the hostage situation in Chapter 12?
2. In Chapter 8, how long was the time period that Spenser was gone following breakfast?
(a) Four hours.
(b) All day.
(c) About an hour and fifteen minutes.
(d) About two hours.
3. In Chapter 4, what does the passenger say about the narrator's profession?
(a) That it is very interesting.
(b) That it is awfully gross.
(c) That it is totally great.
(d) That it is a rotten occupation.
4. What is the narrator hired to do in Chapter 1?
(a) Investigate the client's spouse.
(b) Find the client's son and bring him back home.
(c) Locate the client's missing dog, a championship-winning fox terrier.
(d) Help the client find out about a blackmailer.
5. After the eviction, what was the narrator's new address?
(a) Speer and I-25.
(b) Berkley and Height Ashbury.
(c) It was the same as the previous address.
(d) Boylston Street and the corner of Berkley.
Short Answer Questions
1. Who are the two men who force their way into Patty's house in Chapter 11?
2. In Chapter 7, what is Patty's "plan" for Spenser?
3. In Chapter 6, what nagging situation is on Spenser's mind?
4. 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?
5. Who is the tall man with the boot camp crew-cut and a navy watch cap who entered Patty's house?
Short Essay Questions
1. What type of person does Mel Giacomin appear to be?
2. 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?
3. 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?
4. What type of person does the narrator seem to be?
5. 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?
6. Based on what we read in Chapter 2, what types of personal qualities would be necessary to handle Spenser's job? Why?
7. What type of person does Paul Giacomin appear to be?
8. Spenser reluctantly takes the job of protecting Patty and Paul from Mel and his thugs. What reservations does Spenser have about taking the job, and why does he take it?
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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