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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 kind of sparrows does Paul see?

2. What does Paul do with his secret?

3. What are the items Paul notices on his walk in comparison to the snow?

4. How does Paul describe the sunlight on the roof?

5. What does Paul notice about his window as he stands underneath it in Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Paul's mother observe in Paul, and why is it significant?

4. What is the startling discovery Paul makes at the end of his walk home?

5. How is Silent Snow, Secret Snow's ending similar to its beginning, and why does the story end the way it does?

6. What is significant about the elm tree Paul passes?

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

8. What are some of the descriptions Paul uses to explain how important his secret is in Part 1?

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

10. What is it that the snow informs Paul he will see, and why?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

As Paul withdraws into his room, his mother follows him and opens the door, interrupting the snow's agenda and signaling the final events of the story.

1) Describe the way Paul's mother is perceived by both Paul and the snow, and how those perceptions display the extreme illogical state he is in.

2) What is Paul's response to his mother, and how does the way he reaches for his response indicate his separation from life?

3) Why is Paul's mother unable to help him? How is Paul completely detached from himself at this point? How does the way he responds to his mother represent the final barrier between him and the snow?

4) Explain the way Paul thinks after he rejects his mother's help, what is strange about it and what it eventually leads to. What is the last thing that Paul sees, and how does it reflect the length of the story?

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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