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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How is the snow's presence different during Paul's examination?
2. What does Paul do before he answers the doctor?
3. What does the snow ask Paul about the darkness it is creating?
4. How does the snow react to the door's being opened?
5. What is the last thing that Paul says to his mother?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Describe the origin of Paul's secret, explaining each part of it in detail and why it is significant. Also, explain any metaphors the author uses to portray the impact of the events leading up to Paul's discovery.
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