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 Miss Buell's face?

2. How does Paul observe the elm tree and other things on his way home?

3. What does Paul view his secret as?

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

5. What type of inlay is located at the end of the sidewalk?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the last thing that Paul sees and hears before the story ends?

4. What are some of the descriptions Paul uses to explain how important his secret is in Part 1?

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

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

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

8. Where is the snow when Paul first sees it during the examination?

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

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 origin of Paul's secret, explaining each part of it in detail and why it is significant. Also, explain any metaphors the author uses to portray the impact of the events leading up to Paul's discovery.

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

Aiken uses a number of literary techniques to deliver the messages in the story.

1) Describe and analyze three examples of symbolism in the story and their effects on it.

2) Describe and analyze three examples of foreshadowing in the story and their effects on it.

3) Describe and analyze the use of flashbacks in the story and why it was effective.

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