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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. According to what Paul reads, how is Mrs. Amelia D. Cravath cured of her illness?

2. What kind of boots does the postman have?

3. How are the dog tracks arranged on the sidewalk?

4. What color is the hydrant with the painted chain on it that Paul sees?

5. What does Paul view his secret as?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Paul's thought process as he observes the gateway?

2. How does Paul describe his walk home in Part 2, and why?

3. What is interesting about the weather on Paul's way home, and what does it symbolize?

4. How is Paul's last response to his mother surprisingly looked at in his own mind?

5. Where is the snow when Paul first sees it during the examination?

6. What does Paul surprisingly say at the end of his examination, and why does it cause everyone to become silent?

7. How does Paul view the snow at the beginning of Part 4?

8. What is it that leads Paul to believe his secret is snow?

9. When does the doctor's visit take place in Part 3, and why is the timing significant?

10. What does the snow represent for Paul on his walk home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Part 1 begins with an allusion to a secret that is not identified.

1) Describe how the secret is first introduced, the analogies Paul uses to present it, and the effect it has on his life in general.

2) Explain why the author does not reveal what the secret is immediately. What is the purpose behind giving its features and showing the results of it first? How does learning about the secret's effect on Paul before knowing its identity add to its impact?

Essay Topic 2

Explain what Paul's thought process is pertaining to his secret and hiding it from everyone.

1) Why does it become more valuable to him if no one is aware of it? How does he think it elevates him to a superior place? Which events in the story illustrate that the most?

2) What does Paul think would happen if his parents learned about the snow? How does he think they would react, and why is that an integral part in his decision to keep it from them?

3) What is the sacrifice that Paul is willing to make with regard to his parents? How is his rationalization one of the deepest signs of his detachment? What is so disturbing about it, and why is he unable to understand the severity of what he is thinking?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the character of Deirdre. What do her character traits represent for Paul? Why does she try to get his attention? What does his response indicate? In general, how does Deirdre illustrate Paul's disconnect with the world he knows? Why is that important to the theme of the story?

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