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 do with his secret?

2. What does Paul imagine the snow on the street to be?

3. What does Miss Buell have on her desk?

4. What is the most distressing feature of Paul's secret?

5. What is Paul listening for the postman to do when his secret appears?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Paul's secret first introduced?

2. How does Paul's street appear, according to his description in Part 2?

3. What is the advertisement for in the newspaper Paul finds in the gutter?

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

5. What is significant about the elm tree Paul passes?

6. How does the way Paul feels at the end of his walk contrast with the way he did at the beginning?

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

8. How does Paul speak to his mother in Part 4, and where does he get the words?

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

10. How is Paul's last response to his mother surprisingly looked at in his own mind?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the ending of Silent Snow, Secret Snow, including the possible explanations for Paul's condition, what is likely to happen to him, and why the author chose to end his story this way. Also, use the entire story as a reference to provide examples that support your interpretation.

Essay Topic 2

Why does the author choose snow as the secret that Paul is drawn to? Provide an in-depth analysis of the author's decision and what the snow represents, including its characteristics and the specific ways it is used to display Paul's larger problems.

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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