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 does Deidre smile at Paul after he answers the question in class?

2. What happens to the snow while Paul's secret becomes more apparent?

3. What was Paul doing when his secret appeared for the first time?

4. What cannot compare with the snow, according to Paul?

5. What kind of twigs are in the delta?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Paul think happened when the dog walked through the wet cement?

3. How does Paul feel during the doctor's questioning, and what does he compare himself to?

4. What does Paul's mother symbolize at the end of the story?

5. Why does Aiken choose to set the story in Paul's mind?

6. What does the doctor have Paul do to test his eyes, and what is the result?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aiken uses a number of literary techniques to deliver the messages in the story.

1) Describe and analyze three examples of symbolism in the story and their effects on it.

2) Describe and analyze three examples of foreshadowing in the story and their effects on it.

3) Describe and analyze the use of flashbacks in the story and why it was effective.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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