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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 Patty leaves for New York, what does Paul do?

2. What is Paul's response to Patty's "plan" in Chapter 7?

3. Who hires the narrator in Chapter 1?

4. What does the narrator buy at Bloomingdale's?

5. What new character is introduced in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Paul, Susan, and Spenser are unloading their luggage upon their return from New York?

2. Is the violence used in Chapter 24 necessary? Why?

3. 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?

4. Why does Paul agree to help Spenser "put the screws" to his father?

5. Why does Spenser agree to keep Paul after the kidnapping scare when Patty is taken hostage?

6. In Chapter 21 we are able to see how Paul is growing both physically and emotionally. How has he grown?

7. How does Spenser diffuse the situation between himself, Buddy, and Harold in Chapter 11?

8. 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?

9. How does Susan feel about Spenser sending Paul and Patty to her house in Chapter 13?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Spenser and Susan's relationship is very different from Mel and Patty's.

Part 1) Explore the relationship between Susan and Spenser in a more in-depth way; how do they treat each other (i.e., Spenser uses manners when speaking to Susan; Susan is always truthful to Spenser, even when it is not something that he necessarily wants to hear);

Part 2) How does the relationship between Spenser and Susan affect Paul?

Use specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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