Mid-Book Test - Hard
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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. How many posts are at the gateway Paul encounters?
2. Why did Paul put his hand into the bark of the elm tree?
3. What does Paul imagine was NOT recorded as the dog walked through the wet cement?
4. In Part 1, what is Miss Buell talking about as Paul remembers his secret?
5. What happens to the cobblestones as Paul's secret progresses?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Paul view his mother's concern at his disturbing behavior toward the end of Part 3?
2. What is noticeably different in the tone and pace of Part 4?
3. What are two examples of how Paul views the outside world on his walk home from school?
4. How does the doctor attempt to earn Paul's trust and cooperation?
5. What is Paul's thought process as he observes the gateway?
6. How does Paul describe his walk home in Part 2, and why?
7. Where is the snow when Paul first sees it during the examination?
8. When does the doctor's visit take place in Part 3, and why is the timing significant?
9. How does the way Paul feels at the end of his walk contrast with the way he did at the beginning?
10. How does Paul speak to his mother in Part 4, and where does he get the words?
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
While Paul is being questioned by the doctor, his parents react in some very interesting ways.
1) Explain in detail how Paul's mother and father act throughout the entire examination.
2) Which of their responses generates the most significant reactions from Paul, and why?
3) What are the main differences between the way Paul's mother and father respond to his answers? What are the reasons for their differences? Which one does Paul consider to be more of a threat at this point? Why?
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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