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

2. How are the dog tracks arranged on the sidewalk?

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

4. What happens to the cobblestones as Paul's secret progresses?

5. At what cost does Paul believe he must keep his secret?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Part 3 end, and what is the new sound that Paul hears?

3. How does the snow take over Paul's room, according to the author's description?

4. How does Paul answer the doctor's repeated questions about his problem, and what is important about the way his mother reacts?

5. What is noticeably different in the tone and pace of Part 4?

6. How is Paul's confusion depicted in Part 1?

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 does Paul begin to wonder about as he stands in front of his house?

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

10. How does Paul perceive his parents' tone with the doctor, and why does he find it interesting?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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