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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 has happened to the river as Paul crosses it on his way home?
2. How many footsteps before the knock at the door does Paul hear on the morning of Part 1?
3. How long is the class that Paul is in at the beginning of the story?
4. What is the most distressing feature of Paul's secret?
5. What happens to the cobblestones as Paul's secret progresses?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Paul's street appear, according to his description in Part 2?
2. 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?
3. How does Part 3 end, and what is the new sound that Paul hears?
4. What does Paul think happened when the dog walked through the wet cement?
5. How is Paul's last response to his mother surprisingly looked at in his own mind?
6. How does Paul feel about his parents in Part 1 in relation to his secret?
7. What does Paul think will happen if he tells people about his secret?
8. How does Paul view the snow at the beginning of Part 4?
9. How is the origin of the secret revealed in Part 1?
10. Where is the snow when Paul first sees it during the examination?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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