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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 Topics

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.

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?

In an analysis of Paul's walk home from school in Part 2, provide answers to the following:

1) What are three examples of things that Paul sees, and how do they represent the character's state of mind?

2) How is the snow used to counter reality? Describe the way Paul views the snow in comparison to the real things he encounters.

3) What is his general impression of the outside world? How has it changed, and why?

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