A Thread of Grace Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Mary Doria Russell
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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 is the first name of Renzo's forward thinking mother with whom he lives?

2. Who did Serafino Brizzolari already confess to, though he did not follow his advice for absolution?

3. Whose acceptance of everyone regardless of race does Santino admire?

4. What did Klara do too long with her son Adolf as mentioned in the beginning of this book?

5. Duno becomes angry that his father will not fight the ____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tomitz come to tell those at the Rabbi's house?

2. How does Werner Schramm compare war to misdiagnosed tuberculosis?

3. What does Renzo speculate about the human beings in the world?

4. What does Santino tell the Blums to do in order to save themselves from the Germans?

5. What does Catarina Dolcino confess to Don Osvaldo that seems "funny" to him?

6. What is Doctor Werner Schramm looking for in the small village of Porto Sant' Andrea?

7. What does Schramm understand now that he sees how life really is rather than how it is portrayed by artists?

8. Describe the character of Lidia Leoni.

9. When Pierino stutters, what does Leto say in order to make him feel better about it?

10. What does Werner Schramm apologize for when he finally runs into Osvaldo?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The question of identity is another concern in this story. Since identities need to change in order to secure safety, the idea of one's identity seems to be less important than safety.

Part 1: What are some of the identities that the male characters take on?

Part 2: What are some of the identities that the female characters take on?

Part 3: Do the characters seem to change when they change their identities? In what ways, if at all?

Essay Topic 2

The title of the story is from the quote: "No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there's always a thread of grace." This seems to be the perfect way to assemble the images and the emotions of the story.

Part 1: In what ways does the story show that the tapestry God weaves is dark?

Part 2: What are some examples of grace in this story?

Part 3: In what ways has your perception of grace changed in reading this story?

Essay Topic 3

The bravery of the people in this story in relation to their choice of hiding people is certainly something that makes readers consider their own courage in this sort of situation.

Part 1: What did the families in this story give up in order to shelter Jews? What did they risk?

Part 2: Why did the families in this story do what they did?

Part 3: Do you think you might be able to take the same risk in today's times? Why or why not?

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