Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What kind of sparrows does Paul see?
2. What does Paul's mother tell him might need to be done?
3. What cannot compare with the snow, according to Paul?
4. What does Paul imagine while looking through his window?
5. When did Paul's secret start?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Miss Buell teaching, and why is that significant?
2. What is it that the snow informs Paul he will see, and why?
3. What is becoming more difficult for Paul to do, as he describes in Part 2?
4. Who is Deirdre, and what does she illustrate for Paul?
5. What does Paul's mother attempt to do to help her son in Part 1, and why?
6. What does Paul's mother tell him at the end of Part 1, and how is his response significant?
7. What is the startling discovery Paul makes at the end of his walk home?
8. What does Paul think happened when the dog walked through the wet cement?
9. How does Paul perceive his parents' tone with the doctor, and why does he find it interesting?
10. What does Paul surprisingly say at the end of his examination, and why does it cause everyone to become silent?
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?
Describe the confusion Paul experiences on his way home from school, what causes it, and why it happens close to his own house. What does the confusion cause him to wonder about? How does it make him more anxious and impatient? What does the confusion actually represent, and why is it important to the character's state of mind?
As Paul withdraws into his room, his mother follows him and opens the door, interrupting the snow's agenda and signaling the final events of the story.
1) Describe the way Paul's mother is perceived by both Paul and the snow, and how those perceptions display the extreme illogical state he is in.
2) What is Paul's response to his mother, and how does the way he reaches for his response indicate his separation from life?
3) Why is Paul's mother unable to help him? How is Paul completely detached from himself at this point? How does the way he responds to his mother represent the final barrier between him and the snow?
4) Explain the way Paul thinks after he rejects his mother's help, what is strange about it and what it eventually leads to. What is the last thing that Paul sees, and how does it reflect the length of the story?
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