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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 what month does the story begin?
2. Who is inside the building that the narrator enters in Chapter 3?
3. Who does Spenser call on to help him during the hostage situation in Chapter 12?
4. Who leaves with the narrator in Chapter 3?
5. In Chapter 10, what is Paul's response after Patty tells Spenser her thoughts on the reality of modern women?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. What type of person does the narrator seem to be?
3. What does Spenser's preparation of the impromptu meal in Chapter 9 reveal about his character?
4. 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?
5. Do you think that it was wise for Spenser to have entered Giacomin's house the way that he did?
6. In the scene where Paul arrives home, Patty is entertaining a male guest, Stephen Court. How does that scene make you feel?
7. 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?
8. What type of person does Mel Giacomin appear to be?
9. What type of person does Paul Giacomin appear to be?
10. When Paul arrives home, what is the reaction that mother and son both give and receive?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Another major theme of this story is that of personal responsibility. Explore the idea of personal responsibility as it relates to each major character (Spenser, Susan, Patty, Mel, and Paul). How does each character feel about personal responsibility? How do they demonstrate those beliefs? Use instances from the text to support your answers.
Essay Topic 2
As the book progresses, we learn that Spenser has a very sensitive and thoughtful side. He has some very deep thoughts on life and the way that it should be lived, including personal boundaries and living with yourself if you have to cross those boundaries. Use the text to explore those thoughts in greater detail.
Part 1) Why do you think that Spenser has those ideas?
Part 2) Why do you think that Spenser feels that it is important for Paul to understand such ideals?
Part 3) Do you agree with his ideals? Why? Why not?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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