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

2. How does Paul describe Miss Buell's face?

3. What does the rhythm of the postman's steps say when Paul's secret reveals itself?

4. What does Paul imagine while looking through his window?

5. What does Paul state that his secret gives him?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Paul feel about his parents in Part 1 in relation to his secret?

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

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

6. How is Paul's secret first introduced?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aiken uses a number of literary techniques to deliver the messages in the story.

1) Describe and analyze three examples of symbolism in the story and their effects on it.

2) Describe and analyze three examples of foreshadowing in the story and their effects on it.

3) Describe and analyze the use of flashbacks in the story and why it was effective.

Essay Topic 2

In Silent Snow, Secret Snow, Paul is the main character, but the snow in his mind takes over and moves to the forefront.

1) Explain five reasons why Paul is the central character in the story, using all four parts as a reference.

2) Explain five reasons why the snow is the central character in the story, using all four parts as a reference.

3) Which character do you think is the central focus of the story? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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