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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 he arrives, Trask's car is there, along with what?
2. At whom does Roger yell after being finished with yelling at Spenser?
3. What does Spenser tell Susan?
4. What does Spenser not have regarding this case?
5. What does this girl do when she starts toward the house and sees Spenser?
Short Essay Questions
1. How do the Bartletts respond to the knowledge of the hearse and coffin?
2. On what does Spenser fill Susan in?
3. What does Spenser note about the Bartlett home?
4. Why does Susan call Spenser the following morning? What happens after that?
5. What happens when Spenser arrives back at the Bartlett home?
6. What does Spenser tell the Bartletts he will do?
7. What do Healy and Spenser do when they arrive at the stables?
8. What do Healy, Trask, and Spenser discuss?
9. What is odd about the ransom note?
10. What does the ransom note demand?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout the story, clues are gathered regarding Kevin's apparent kidnapping.
Part 1) How does Spenser gather clues? Is it all by skill or is luck involved? Explain.
Part 2) How do the beliefs about this kidnapping change as clues are gathered?
Part 3) What clues and events foreshadow the truth about Kevin's disappearance?
Essay Topic 2
Margery and Roger Bartlett hire Spenser to find their missing son, Kevin.
Part 1) Why do you believe this couple went to a private investigator? How might this case turned out if it had only been the police on this case?
Part 2) Describe Spenser. Is he a good investigator? Why or why not?
Part 3) How does he go about finding Kevin? How does the author show Spenser's investigative process?
Essay Topic 3
Spenser fights Vic.
Part 1) Why does he fight Vic? Do the Bartletts need his help at this point? Why or why not?
Part 2) How is Spenser able to beat Vic? What does this reveal about Spenser?
Part 3) How do other details previously mentioned in the story lead the reader to understand how Spenser was able to beat Vic?
Part 4) How might the other characters involved feel about Spenser winning? Why?
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