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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

Explain what Paul's thought process is pertaining to his secret and hiding it from everyone.

1) Why does it become more valuable to him if no one is aware of it? How does he think it elevates him to a superior place? Which events in the story illustrate that the most?

2) What does Paul think would happen if his parents learned about the snow? How does he think they would react, and why is that an integral part in his decision to keep it from them?

3) What is the sacrifice that Paul is willing to make with regard to his parents? How is his rationalization one of the deepest signs of his detachment? What is so disturbing about it, and why is he unable to understand the severity of what he is thinking?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze the ending of Silent Snow, Secret Snow, including the possible explanations for Paul's condition, what is likely to happen to him, and why the author chose to end his story this way. Also, use the entire story as a reference to provide examples that support your interpretation.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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