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 the grocer's shop have in its window?

2. How old is Paul, as it is revealed in Part 2?

3. What does Paul notice in the gutter as he walks by it?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is the snow talking to Paul in the beginning of Part 4, and what is it saying?

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

5. What does the doctor have Paul do to test his eyes, and what is the result?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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