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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. Who are the two men who force their way into Patty's house in Chapter 11?

2. What does the narrator say to the woman who answers the door in Chapter 2?

3. In Chapter 7, what do Patty, Paul, and Spenser have for dinner?

4. In Chapter 7, what does Patty tell Spenser has happened to Paul?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Spenser find out about Patty during the trip to New York?

2. In Chapter 11, Spenser and Paul have a discussion about why Spenser did not shoot the intruders. What does Spenser tell Paul about his reluctance to shoot Buddy and Harold?

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

4. Why does Hawk think that Spenser has to kill Harry?

5. In Chapter 33, what does Paul's decision about going to school reveal about the person whom he has become?

6. Why is the discussion that Spenser and Paul have in Chapter 21 about the rules of fighting an important one?

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

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

9. Why does Paul's revelation that he would like to be a dancer important?

10. How does Spenser handle the confrontation with Patty in Chapter 22?

Essay 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

Throughout the course of the book, Paul learns some less than savory facts about both of his parents. He seems to handle that information well, but sometimes it can be difficult to really understand what another person is going through just by the way they look or how they talk. Using the information about Paul that we know from the text, what do you think his feelings about his parents are after he finds out their "dirty laundry"? Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Spenser and Susan both support Paul's dream to become a dancer. In fact, they take him to see live dance performances and help him find a school where he can learn about dance. How important will that support be for Paul as he enters his new school? How about in the rest of his life? How is it different from the support that his parents agreed to give to him?

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