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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. As Paul arrives at his house in Part 2, what does he feel about the one thing he had looked forward to?

2. How does Paul now view the bare roofs?

3. What does Paul imagine was NOT recorded as the dog walked through the wet cement?

4. What kind of sparrows does Paul see?

5. What happens to the snow while Paul's secret becomes more apparent?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the interruption that occurs in Part 4, and how is it received?

2. What is the advertisement for in the newspaper Paul finds in the gutter?

3. What is interesting about the way Paul views the doctor and his parents, and how he chooses to acknowledge them?

4. How does the author display Paul's intelligence level?

5. How does Paul feel about his parents in Part 1 in relation to his secret?

6. How does Deirdre react to Paul's intelligence, and what does that symbolize?

7. How does the way Paul feels at the end of his walk contrast with the way he did at the beginning?

8. How does Paul describe his shoes and the steps he is taking?

9. How does Paul view his mother's concern at his disturbing behavior toward the end of Part 3?

10. What is the last thing that Paul sees and hears before the story ends?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

As Paul withdraws into his room, his mother follows him and opens the door, interrupting the snow's agenda and signaling the final events of the story.

1) Describe the way Paul's mother is perceived by both Paul and the snow, and how those perceptions display the extreme illogical state he is in.

2) What is Paul's response to his mother, and how does the way he reaches for his response indicate his separation from life?

3) Why is Paul's mother unable to help him? How is Paul completely detached from himself at this point? How does the way he responds to his mother represent the final barrier between him and the snow?

4) Explain the way Paul thinks after he rejects his mother's help, what is strange about it and what it eventually leads to. What is the last thing that Paul sees, and how does it reflect the length of the story?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the origin of Paul's secret, explaining each part of it in detail and why it is significant. Also, explain any metaphors the author uses to portray the impact of the events leading up to Paul's discovery.

Essay Topic 3

Why is the time and setting of Paul's examination significant? Describe the way the room is set up, according to Paul, what each part of it represents for him and how it contributes to his overall attitude and opinion of the examination itself. Also, explain why Paul is distracted and what his mind is focused on that causes him to wonder about each moment as it passes.

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