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

2. What is of the utmost significance to Paul, with regard to his secret?

3. What leans over the garden walls on Paul's walk home?

4. What happens to the postman's footsteps, as Paul recalls?

5. What number is on the front door of Paul's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the author display Paul's intelligence level?

5. What are two examples of how Paul views the outside world on his walk home from school?

6. What is Paul's thought process as he observes the gateway?

7. How is Paul's confusion depicted in Part 1?

8. How does Part 3 end, and what is the new sound that Paul hears?

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

10. What is interesting about the weather on Paul's way home, and what does it symbolize?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What does the lesson Paul is sitting in contrast? Why does the author choose this as the place to start his story? In detail, describe the ways that Miss Buell's lesson provides a representation of reality and how Paul is lost in another world. How is the topic of the lesson significant? Why does it help the reader to understand Paul's fascination with snow? Use specific examples of events from Part 1 to support your analysis.

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

Paul's mother is an important element to the story.

1) Describe her role in the story as it develops. Which of her characteristics stood out to you the most? Why?

2) Explain the similarities and differences between Paul's mother and father and the way they are both depicted in the story. Which one has a stronger place in Paul's life? Why?

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