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

2. What does Paul view his secret as?

3. What does Paul imagine the snow on the street to be?

4. How does Paul describe the way his shoes walk on the pavement?

5. What kind of gaze is Paul using to look at the birdhouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is interesting about the weather on Paul's way home, and what does it symbolize?

2. How is Silent Snow, Secret Snow's ending similar to its beginning, and why does the story end the way it does?

3. What are some of the descriptions Paul uses to explain how important his secret is in Part 1?

4. What is Miss Buell teaching, and why is that significant?

5. How does Paul answer the doctor's repeated questions about his problem, and what is important about the way his mother reacts?

6. How does Part 3 end, and what is the new sound that Paul hears?

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

8. How does Paul view the snow at the beginning of Part 4?

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

10. What does the snow represent for Paul on his walk home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an analysis of Paul's walk home from school in Part 2, provide answers to the following:

1) What are three examples of things that Paul sees, and how do they represent the character's state of mind?

2) How is the snow used to counter reality? Describe the way Paul views the snow in comparison to the real things he encounters.

3) What is his general impression of the outside world? How has it changed, and why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Why is the time and setting of Paul's examination significant? Describe the way the room is set up, according to Paul, what each part of it represents for him and how it contributes to his overall attitude and opinion of the examination itself. Also, explain why Paul is distracted and what his mind is focused on that causes him to wonder about each moment as it passes.

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