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. How many posts are at the gateway Paul encounters?

2. Why did Paul put his hand into the bark of the elm tree?

3. What does Paul imagine was NOT recorded as the dog walked through the wet cement?

4. In Part 1, what is Miss Buell talking about as Paul remembers his secret?

5. What happens to the cobblestones as Paul's secret progresses?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul view his mother's concern at his disturbing behavior toward the end of Part 3?

2. What is noticeably different in the tone and pace of Part 4?

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

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

5. What is Paul's thought process as he observes the gateway?

6. How does Paul describe his walk home in Part 2, and why?

7. Where is the snow when Paul first sees it during the examination?

8. When does the doctor's visit take place in Part 3, and why is the timing significant?

9. How does the way Paul feels at the end of his walk contrast with the way he did at the beginning?

10. How does Paul speak to his mother in Part 4, and where does he get the words?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

What does the lesson Paul is sitting in contrast? Why does the author choose this as the place to start his story? In detail, describe the ways that Miss Buell's lesson provides a representation of reality and how Paul is lost in another world. How is the topic of the lesson significant? Why does it help the reader to understand Paul's fascination with snow? Use specific examples of events from Part 1 to support your analysis.

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