Between Shades of Gray Test | Final 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. How much time has passed as Jonas is improving?

2. What does Jonas realize that evening when Elena and Lina return to the hut?

3. What does Janina's mother almost do?

4. What does one of the men insist is happening to the prisoners?

5. What is Alexandras Lukas' job?

Short Essay Questions

1. What letter does Lina remember receiving once from Joana?

2. How does Elena and Jonas praise Andrius and what is Lina's feeling about the praise?

3. How do the others help Lina celebrate her sixteenth birthday?

4. What do the prisoners have to do immediately when they arrive at Trofimovsk?

5. What do readers learn in the Epilogue?

6. How does Kretsky show his humanity after they have frightened the women?

7. What does Lina steal and how does she explain it to Andrius?

8. Why do the soldiers pay no attention as the prisoners strip for a shower?

9. How do the soldiers harass and frighten the women who have been digging a large hole?

10. How does Andrius and a Siberian woman help save Jonas' life?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Between Shades of Gray"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Between Shades of Gray" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate what you think foreshadowing is and how it appears in the book and in your own life.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Between Shades of Gray" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Between Shades of Gray" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Between Shades of Gray"? Why or why not.

3. Choose one specific incident in "Between Shades of Gray" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not? Does "Between Shades of Gray" have a happy ending? Discuss.

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Between Shades of Gray" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Between Shades of Gray" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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