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 has happened to the river as Paul crosses it on his way home?

2. What kind of twigs are in the delta?

3. What does Miss Buell have on her desk?

4. How many times does the postman knock on each door?

5. What does Paul think about the thoughts he is having of his secret during class?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Paul feel during the doctor's questioning, and what does he compare himself to?

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

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

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

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

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

7. How is Silent Snow, Secret Snow's ending similar to its beginning, and why does the story end the way it does?

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

9. What is becoming more difficult for Paul to do, as he describes in Part 2?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the snow's role in Paul's examination, and how does it appear different than it did earlier? What does the snow do for the first time in Part 3, and how does that display a severe problem for Paul? What effect does the snow have on Paul while he is being questioned, and what are the orders it gives him? What do they reveal?

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

Why is the time and setting of Paul's examination significant? Describe the way the room is set up, according to Paul, what each part of it represents for him and how it contributes to his overall attitude and opinion of the examination itself. Also, explain why Paul is distracted and what his mind is focused on that causes him to wonder about each moment as it passes.

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