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

2. What is the mud like in the delta?

3. As Paul arrives at his house in Part 2, what does he feel about the one thing he had looked forward to?

4. How does Paul feel at the end of Part 2?

5. How many posts are at the gateway Paul encounters?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How is Paul's confusion depicted in Part 1?

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

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

9. What is the interruption that occurs in Part 4, and how is it received?

10. Who is Deirdre, and what does she illustrate for Paul?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the confusion Paul experiences on his way home from school, what causes it, and why it happens close to his own house. What does the confusion cause him to wonder about? How does it make him more anxious and impatient? What does the confusion actually represent, and why is it important to the character's state of mind?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Paul's mother is an important element to the story.

1) Describe her role in the story as it develops. Which of her characteristics stood out to you the most? Why?

2) Explain the similarities and differences between Paul's mother and father and the way they are both depicted in the story. Which one has a stronger place in Paul's life? Why?

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