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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What kind of a life does Paul think he is leading?
(a) A triple life.
(b) A double life.
(c) A deceptive life.
(d) A pointless life.
2. What leans over the garden walls on Paul's walk home?
3. Why did Paul put his hand into the bark of the elm tree?
(a) To feel the warm dead wood.
(b) To feel the cold living wood.
(c) To feel the warm living wood.
(d) To feel the cold dead wood.
4. How many footsteps before the knock at the door does Paul hear on the morning of Part 1?
(a) Three or four.
(b) One or two.
(c) Four or five.
(d) Two or three.
5. What is the most distressing feature of Paul's secret?
(a) The inability to respond to his mother and father.
(b) The embarrassment of his mother and father.
(c) The conflict between him and his mother and father.
(d) The inability to hear his mother and father.
Short Answer Questions
1. At what cost does Paul believe he must keep his secret?
2. What does Paul describe the unknown component of the snow to be?
3. How does Paul describe the sunlight on the roof?
4. How does Paul now view the bare roofs?
5. How does Paul describe the postman's knock on the door of his house?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Aiken choose to set the story in Paul's mind?
2. What is it that leads Paul to believe his secret is snow?
3. How does Deirdre react to Paul's intelligence, and what does that symbolize?
4. How does the snow take over Paul's room, according to the author's description?
5. What is Paul's thought process as he observes the gateway?
6. What is Miss Buell teaching, and why is that significant?
7. How does the author display Paul's intelligence level?
8. How is the snow acting during Paul's doctor examination?
9. What is the startling discovery Paul makes at the end of his walk home?
10. What does Paul think happened when the dog walked through the wet cement?
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