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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 does Paul look past the snow to see in answering Miss Buell's question?
2. What are the items Paul notices on his walk in comparison to the snow?
3. What does Paul do with his secret?
4. When did Paul's secret start?
5. How long is the class that Paul is in at the beginning of the story?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Paul describe his shoes and the steps he is taking?
2. How is the origin of the secret revealed in Part 1?
3. How does Paul perceive his parents' tone with the doctor, and why does he find it interesting?
4. What are two examples of how Paul views the outside world on his walk home from school?
5. How does the way Paul feels at the end of his walk contrast with the way he did at the beginning?
6. How is the snow talking to Paul in the beginning of Part 4, and what is it saying?
7. How does the author display Paul's intelligence level?
8. What does Paul begin to wonder about as he stands in front of his house?
9. What does Paul think happened when the dog walked through the wet cement?
10. What does Paul's mother attempt to do to help her son in Part 1, and why?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Describe how Paul's mood and mannerisms change during his examination. What are the events that cause him to change so dramatically? How do his responses contribute to his change? Explain in detail the way Paul feels as the questions become more and more insistent and how he is processing them.
Essay Topic 2
The doctor's examination is a crucial turning point in the story, and for Paul.
1) Describe the doctor's personality and characteristics. How do they add to his ability to evaluate Paul accurately?
2) Describe Paul's interpretation of the doctor and his actions. How does he view himself in comparison to the doctor? Why?
3) What is the major discovery that the doctor makes about Paul? How does he make it? Why does the author choose this character to make it, and how is it important to the story?
Essay Topic 3
Aiken uses a number of literary techniques to deliver the messages in the story.
1) Describe and analyze three examples of symbolism in the story and their effects on it.
2) Describe and analyze three examples of foreshadowing in the story and their effects on it.
3) Describe and analyze the use of flashbacks in the story and why it was effective.
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