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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is inside the building that the narrator enters in Chapter 3?

3. Who is the tall man with the boot camp crew-cut and a navy watch cap who entered Patty's house?

4. Who does Spenser call on to help him during the hostage situation in Chapter 12?

5. In Chapter 8, when he returned after his respite after breakfast, what does Patty ask him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the major characters in this book (Spenser, Susan, Patty, Mel, or Paul). Choose one specific situation out of the book and explain what and how you would have changed it. For instance, if you choose Patty in Chapter 1 where she hires Spenser, what would you change about that situation? Would you hire a private investigator as she did, or would you perhaps go to the police, to try to solve the problem yourself? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Spenser is the protagonist (hero, good guy) of the story. He is a complex character with many personality aspects who makes some very tough decisions throughout the book. What makes Spenser the hero of the story, even though he makes some decisions which could be viewed as morally problematic? Use instances from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Paul Giacomin is at the heart of this story. He is the boy whose parents fight over him as if he were property; and the boy whom Spenser fights for in order to save his life. Explore Paul's character. Look through the text and use examples from it to support your ideas in relation to the kind of a person that Paul was before he met Spenser, and what kind of a person he was when he left Spenser to go to school.

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