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 type of inlay is located at the end of the sidewalk?

2. When did Paul's secret start?

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

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

5. At what cost does Paul believe he must keep his secret?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the last thing that Paul sees and hears before the story ends?

2. How is the snow talking to Paul in the beginning of Part 4, and what is it saying?

3. What is the birdhouse like, and how does Paul use it as a delay?

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

5. How is Paul's last response to his mother surprisingly looked at in his own mind?

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

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

8. How does the snow describe the story it is about to tell Paul as Silent Snow, Secret Snow ends, and what does the story represent?

9. What is becoming more difficult for Paul to do, as he describes in Part 2?

10. What is interesting about the way Paul views the doctor and his parents, and how he chooses to acknowledge them?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

What is the snow's role in Paul's examination, and how does it appear different than it did earlier? What does the snow do for the first time in Part 3, and how does that display a severe problem for Paul? What effect does the snow have on Paul while he is being questioned, and what are the orders it gives him? What do they reveal?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how Paul's mood and mannerisms change during his examination. What are the events that cause him to change so dramatically? How do his responses contribute to his change? Explain in detail the way Paul feels as the questions become more and more insistent and how he is processing them.

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