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 think the snow is in Part 2?

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

3. When did Paul's secret start?

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

5. How is the cement sidewalk designed, according to Paul's description?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Deirdre react to Paul's intelligence, and what does that symbolize?

2. What does Paul's mother tell him at the end of Part 1, and how is his response significant?

3. How does the author describe the floor in Paul's room in the last part of the story?

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

5. How does the snow take over Paul's room, according to the author's description?

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

7. When does the doctor's visit take place in Part 3, and why is the timing significant?

8. What does Paul think happened when the dog walked through the wet cement?

9. What does the snow do for the first time in Part 3, and what does this represent?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Analyze the setting of the story and the total length of time that transpires during it. Explain why Aiken chose this setting and time, including examples from from the story to illustrate the ways they both enhance it.

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