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 wonder as he looks at his house?

2. How many posts are at the gateway Paul encounters?

3. What does the rhythm of the postman's steps say when Paul's secret reveals itself?

4. What cannot compare with the snow, according to Paul?

5. What does the grocer's shop have in its window?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Paul view his mother's concern at his disturbing behavior toward the end of Part 3?

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

4. How does the way Paul feels at the end of his walk contrast with the way he did at the beginning?

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

6. What is the first thing that the doctor does, and how does Paul respond to it?

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

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

9. What does the doctor have Paul do to test his eyes, and what is the result?

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

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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