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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. When Spenser tells Patty that he does not want a personal relationship with her, what is her reaction?
2. What does Spenser do for dinner the first night that Patty is away in New York?
3. In Chapter 4, what does the passenger say about the narrator's profession?
4. Who were some of the narrator's new neighbors?
5. What does the narrator say to the woman who answers the door in Chapter 2?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Spenser diffuse the situation between himself, Buddy, and Harold in Chapter 11?
2. 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?
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. In the scene where Paul arrives home, Patty is entertaining a male guest, Stephen Court. How does that scene make you feel?
6. 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?
7. 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?
8. What type of person does Patty Giacomin seem to be?
9. Why does Spenser not like the growing sense of intimacy that he describes in Chapter 10?
10. If you were Spenser, what would you have done differently in Chapter 2?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Patty uses her sexuality and the act of sex to define herself and to measure her self worth.
Part 1) Do you think that is healthy? Why? Why not?
Part 2) How does that outlook hurt her ability to be a mother to Paul?
Part 3) How does that outlook influence Paul?
Essay Topic 2
Spenser is not afraid to use physical force when he feels that it is necessary to accomplish his goal. However, he is very careful to use lethal force. Why do you think that is? Use specific examples from the text to support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
Mel and Patty have a complex relationship. They used to be in love, hence their marriage and Paul's birth. Somewhere along the way, that marriage disintegrated, leading to their separation and eventual divorce. Now their only purpose is to hurt each other in any way that they can, specifically to use Paul as the object to do that with.
Part 1) Explore the motivation that the two have to hurt each other the way that they do; why do you think that they do it?
Part 2) What effect has that relationship between his parents had on Paul?
Use specific examples from the text to support your answers.
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