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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 does Spenser tell Paul about fighting in a "regular" fight?
(a) That anybody can beat anybody in a fight without rules.
(b) That fighting is only for the strong-willed.
(c) That the strongest fighter always wins.
(d) That the smartest fighter always wins.
2. Who was the best fighter Spenser ever fought?
(a) Horace Gracie.
(b) Rob Marciano.
(c) Joe Walcott.
(d) Muhammad Ali.
3. What favor does Spenser ask of Susan in Chapter 23?
(a) If she would watch Paul while he took care of some business.
(b) If she would marry him.
(c) If she would let Paul move in with her.
(d) If she would find out about ballet schools for Paul.
4. Where does Spenser catch a ride to in Chapter 13?
(a) Spenser's apartment in Boston.
(b) Mel's house in Andover.
(c) Susan's house in Smithfield.
(d) Patty's house in Lexington.
5. In Chapter 17, when Paul asks Spenser why he cannot just leave him alone, what is Spenser's answer?
(a) Because Paul's parents never left him alone, and Spenser does not feel that he should have to either.
(b) Because Spenser thinks that Paul needs less structure in his life.
(c) Because everybody in his life has left him alone all of his life, and it has not done him any good.
(d) Because Paul must learn to respect his elders.
Short Answer Questions
1. When does Paul set out on his journey of self-discovery and growth?
2. What does the group decide to have for dinner in Chapter 13?
3. What is the answer to the visitor's demand in Chapter 22?
4. Where do Spenser and Paul eat in Chapter 24?
5. What does Spenser tell Paul that they are going to do with Susan's rural property?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Spenser feel that teaching Paul to box and weight lift is important?
2. Is the violence used in Chapter 24 necessary? Why?
3. Why is the discussion that Spenser and Paul have in Chapter 21 about the rules of fighting an important one?
4. Aside from making sure that Paul has a presentable suit to wear to the ballet, what is the point of taking Paul to Louis' to get a suit?
5. Was it a good idea for Spenser and Paul to break into Mel's office? Why? Why not?
6. Why does Spenser decide to take Paul to Fryeburg and build a cabin?
7. Is Spenser's plan to blackmail the Giacomins in order to make them pay for Paul's education and living expenses, as well as staying away from him a good plan? Why? Why not?
8. Why does Paul's revelation that he would like to be a dancer important?
9. Why does Paul force Spenser to wake him the way that he did in Chapter 16?
10. What is Susan's opinion about Spenser keeping Paul?
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