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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 10, Spenser says that he did not mind Patty's idea of fancy cooking; but that there was something that he did mind. What was it?

2. In Chapter 10, what does Patty ask Spenser when he returns from dropping Paul off at school?

3. Why does Spenser not want a personal relationship with Patty?

4. Who is Mel Giacomin?

5. In Chapter 5, what is Patty's first response to Spenser and Paul's entrance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What type of person does the narrator seem to be?

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

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 Paul Giacomin appear to be?

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

10. In Chapter 12 we meet Hawk. What kind of a person does Hawk appear to be?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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