Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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.
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.
Spenser is the protagonist (hero, good guy) of the story. He is a complex character with many personality aspects who makes some very tough decisions throughout the book. What makes Spenser the hero of the story, even though he makes some decisions which could be viewed as morally problematic? Use instances from the text to support your answer.
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