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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 imagine while looking through his window?
2. What do the postman's steps have the first time that Paul's secret appears?
3. What letter is stenciled on the brick wall in the background?
4. What was Paul doing when his secret appeared for the first time?
5. What does Paul cover up in the cement with his foot?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Paul answer the doctor's repeated questions about his problem, and what is important about the way his mother reacts?
2. How does Paul speak to his mother in Part 4, and where does he get the words?
3. What is the first thing that the doctor does, and how does Paul respond to it?
4. How does the author describe the floor in Paul's room in the last part of the story?
5. When and how did Paul's secret start?
6. Who is Deirdre, and what does she illustrate for Paul?
7. What does Paul's mother symbolize at the end of the story?
8. What is Paul's thought process as he observes the gateway?
9. How does Part 3 end, and what is the new sound that Paul hears?
10. What is the advertisement for in the newspaper Paul finds in the gutter?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
Aiken keeps the reader's attention through flowing lines and poetic descriptions. Analyze his writing style, including examples of its effectiveness and why it works so well with this particular story. Also, describe how the style changes with the tone and pace of the story.
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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