A Thread of Grace Test | Final 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 does Simon tell himself not to do when he finds himself in a snowdrift and unable to move?

2. Simon is summoned and told that he was not to let the partisans into Sant'Andrea until ____________.

3. Who is the six month's pregnant woman who pretends to fetch Antonia's laundry?

4. Mirella is convinced that Hitler harbors an atypical __________.

5. Sister Dimples arranges for a meeting between Angelo and who else?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Santino see when he is on the crowded train?

2. Why does Artur almost shoot a young boy he sees while sitting out with Renzo/Ugo?

3. Who is Osvaldo now driving a car for?

4. What happens to Simon Henley's plane during the conflict with the German planes?

5. What has little Angelo Soncini realized about his position at the boarding school?

6. By August, what is Renzo able to do after his injury?

7. Why does Duno know how to care for the injured?

8. What has happened to Alberto Fiori, formerly Albery Blum?

9. Who does Mirella turn away from her property, even though she generally takes in everyone she can?

10. What are Renzo and Schramm supervising together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Trying to do something right in the face of perceived cruelty doesn't always give the best results for those involved.

Part 1: Describe the scene with the girl and the six German soldiers. What happened?

Part 2: What did Santino think was happening? What was actually happening?

Part 3: Is the goal of doing something right always better than actually doing something that is truly right? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

What's most interesting about this novel is the contradiction in beliefs and in the results of those beliefs. For example, Schramm is guilty of horrible things, but so is Renzo.

Part 1: What are Schramm's crimes within this novel and before the time of the novel?

Part 2: What are Renzo's crimes within this novel?

Part 3: How are these characters to be compared in terms of their guilt? Is one character more guiltier than the other? Why? Why not?

Essay Topic 3

The role of the priests in this book seems to go against what many people think about the time of the Holocaust. Many people believe that the church wasn't helpful at all--but this book suggests it may have been.

Part 1: Who are the priests who are helpful during this novel's events?

Part 2: What are some of the ways in which the priests were helpful? How does the Pope respond?

Part 3: If the priests were actually helping at this time, does this change your perception of the church? Why or why not?

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