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Paul's Case: A Study in Temperament

Paul's Case: A Study in Temperament


by Willa Cather

Paul's Case: A Study in Temperament: Themes (for the Most Part) Quiz

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Q. How does Paul's pursuit of art reveal the troubling nature of his home condition?

His compulsive art purchases lead him to a live of poverty.
He sees his home life portrayed in the art.
Modern art causes mental illness.
Paul is not poor, yet he is drawn to the life of the exceptional as a fantasy escape. Art fuels this fantasy.
Q. How does Paul's rich fantasy life reveal his uncertainty?

Despite his rich daydreams, Paul lacks a plan. It seems like the only real plan he's ever been able to carry all the way through is ending his own life.
It shows he is incapable of facing reality.
Paul is really a super hero—no uncertainty there.
It shows that he is too immature to face his future.
Q. How does "Paul's Case" suggest that lies can actually be more honest than the truth?

Paul actually feels most honest when he's living on borrowed time in New York.
His lies paid off so he didn't need to acknowledge the truth.
The truth always brought Paul great suffering.
Nope. "Paul's Case" argues the value of brutal honesty in all scenarios.
Q. Why does Paul end up stealing money?

He was starving.
It was easier than working.
The only way he can see to gain any sort of power is money, and since earning it honestly takes too long, he ends up stealing it.
It made him feel powerful.