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 of the effort it takes to answer Miss Buell's question?

2. As Paul observes, what are the garden walls made of?

3. What is Paul deliberately delaying on the way home from school?

4. What has Paul neglected about his shoes?

5. What does Miss Buell have on her desk?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul view the snow at the beginning of Part 4?

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

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

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

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

6. How does Paul feel about his parents in Part 1 in relation to his secret?

7. How does the snow describe the story it is about to tell Paul as Silent Snow, Secret Snow ends, and what does the story represent?

8. What is the startling discovery Paul makes at the end of his walk home?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Paul's mother is an important element to the story.

1) Describe her role in the story as it develops. Which of her characteristics stood out to you the most? Why?

2) Explain the similarities and differences between Paul's mother and father and the way they are both depicted in the story. Which one has a stronger place in Paul's life? Why?

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