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's mother tell him might need to be done?

2. What does Paul describe the unknown component of the snow to be?

3. How does Paul hear the bell ring during his secret's first appearance?

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

5. How does Deidre smile at Paul after he answers the question in class?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Aiken choose to set the story in Paul's mind?

4. What does Paul's mother observe in Paul, and why is it significant?

5. What does Paul think will happen if he tells people about his secret?

6. How is Paul's secret first introduced?

7. What is it that the snow informs Paul he will see, and why?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In an analysis of Paul's walk home from school in Part 2, provide answers to the following:

1) What are three examples of things that Paul sees, and how do they represent the character's state of mind?

2) How is the snow used to counter reality? Describe the way Paul views the snow in comparison to the real things he encounters.

3) What is his general impression of the outside world? How has it changed, and why?

Essay Topic 2

Aiken keeps the reader's attention through flowing lines and poetic descriptions. Analyze his writing style, including examples of its effectiveness and why it works so well with this particular story. Also, describe how the style changes with the tone and pace of the story.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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