Silent Snow, Secret Snow Test | 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. What does the rhythm of the postman's steps say when Paul's secret reveals itself?

2. How does Paul observe the elm tree and other things on his way home?

3. What does the grocer's shop have in its window?

4. What does Miss Buell have on her desk?

5. What number is on the front door of Paul's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is it that leads Paul to believe his secret is snow?

2. How does the snow take over Paul's room, according to the author's description?

3. What does Paul's mother attempt to do to help her son in Part 1, and why?

4. How does the author describe the floor in Paul's room in the last part of the story?

5. How does the doctor attempt to earn Paul's trust and cooperation?

6. How does Paul describe his shoes and the steps he is taking?

7. What is the birdhouse like, and how does Paul use it as a delay?

8. What does the snow do for the first time in Part 3, and what does this represent?

9. What are two examples of how Paul views the outside world on his walk home from school?

10. What is the first thing that the doctor does, and how does Paul respond to it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Why does the author choose snow as the secret that Paul is drawn to? Provide an in-depth analysis of the author's decision and what the snow represents, including its characteristics and the specific ways it is used to display Paul's larger problems.

Essay Topic 3

While Paul is being questioned by the doctor, his parents react in some very interesting ways.

1) Explain in detail how Paul's mother and father act throughout the entire examination.

2) Which of their responses generates the most significant reactions from Paul, and why?

3) What are the main differences between the way Paul's mother and father respond to his answers? What are the reasons for their differences? Which one does Paul consider to be more of a threat at this point? Why?

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