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. As Paul observes, what are the garden walls made of?

2. What kind of a life does Paul think he is leading?

3. What does Paul tell his mother it would be fun to be in Part 1?

4. How does Paul now view the bare roofs?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul describe his shoes and the steps he is taking?

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

3. What does Paul surprisingly say at the end of his examination, and why does it cause everyone to become silent?

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

5. How is the snow acting during Paul's doctor examination?

6. When does the doctor's visit take place in Part 3, and why is the timing significant?

7. When and how did Paul's secret start?

8. What does Paul think will happen if he tells people about his secret?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Part 1 begins with an allusion to a secret that is not identified.

1) Describe how the secret is first introduced, the analogies Paul uses to present it, and the effect it has on his life in general.

2) Explain why the author does not reveal what the secret is immediately. What is the purpose behind giving its features and showing the results of it first? How does learning about the secret's effect on Paul before knowing its identity add to its impact?

Essay Topic 3

Describe the character of Deirdre. What do her character traits represent for Paul? Why does she try to get his attention? What does his response indicate? In general, how does Deirdre illustrate Paul's disconnect with the world he knows? Why is that important to the theme of the story?

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