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. How does Paul describe the coin that matches his secret?

2. What class is Paul in as the story begins?

3. How many footsteps before the knock at the door does Paul hear on the morning of Part 1?

4. How does Paul remember hearing the postman that morning?

5. How does Paul describe the way his shoes walk on the pavement?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the first thing that the doctor does, and how does Paul respond to it?

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 Paul describe the sidewalk?

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

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

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

7. What does the snow represent for Paul on his walk home?

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

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

10. How does Paul describe his walk home in Part 2, and why?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the snow's role in Paul's examination, and how does it appear different than it did earlier? What does the snow do for the first time in Part 3, and how does that display a severe problem for Paul? What effect does the snow have on Paul while he is being questioned, and what are the orders it gives him? What do they reveal?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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