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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. What happens to the cobblestones as Paul's secret progresses?
2. How does Paul describe the coin that matches his secret?
3. What letter is stenciled on the brick wall in the background?
4. According to Paul's assumption, what does the snow make in between the houses?
5. How many footsteps before the knock at the door does Paul hear on the morning of Part 1?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the doctor attempt to earn Paul's trust and cooperation?
2. What does the snow represent for Paul on his walk home?
3. What does Paul surprisingly say at the end of his examination, and why does it cause everyone to become silent?
4. How is Paul's confusion depicted in Part 1?
5. Why does Aiken choose to set the story in Paul's mind?
6. What is the first thing that the doctor does, and how does Paul respond to it?
7. What does Paul think will happen if he tells people about his secret?
8. How does Paul's street appear, according to his description in Part 2?
9. What is it that the snow informs Paul he will see, and why?
10. How does Paul describe his walk home in Part 2, and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Aiken keeps the reader's attention through flowing lines and poetic descriptions. Analyze his writing style, including examples of its effectiveness and why it works so well with this particular story. Also, describe how the style changes with the tone and pace of the story.
Essay Topic 3
Why does the author choose snow as the secret that Paul is drawn to? Provide an in-depth analysis of the author's decision and what the snow represents, including its characteristics and the specific ways it is used to display Paul's larger problems.
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