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 wonder as he looks at his house?

2. How does Paul describe the roadway on his street in Part 1?

3. How does Deidre smile at Paul after he answers the question in class?

4. What does the snow form as Paul approaches his street?

5. What does Paul think the snow is in Part 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul feel during the doctor's questioning, and what does he compare himself to?

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

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

4. How is Paul's secret first introduced?

5. What is Miss Buell teaching, and why is that significant?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the character of Deirdre. What do her character traits represent for Paul? Why does she try to get his attention? What does his response indicate? In general, how does Deirdre illustrate Paul's disconnect with the world he knows? Why is that important to the theme of the story?

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

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?

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