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

2. What do Andrius and his mother send?

3. What does Lina do the next time she sees Andrius?

4. What does the grouchy woman provide for the celebration?

5. What does Lina say when Andrius asks her if she is scared as she is stealing logs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lina wonder when an American ship arrives?

2. What happens to Kretsky when the prisoners arrive at some port?

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

4. How do the soldiers thrown out into the snow one day when Lina and Jonas are going to the kitchen and why do they eat the food immediately?

5. Why does Elena collapse one day?

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

7. What does Elena have Lina do for Mr. Stalas, and what is Lina's response to the task?

8. What does Andrius say about his mother and why she is doing what she does?

9. What is the story behind the stone that Jonas gives Andrius?

10. What has Hitler done in Lithuania, and what is the bald man's response to the action?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of "Between Shades of Gray", Lina grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Between Shades of Gray might be considered a slice of Lina Vilka's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that Between Shades of Gray is a "bildungsroman" of Lina. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of Lina as she changes from a more carefree, innocent girl to a wiser, young woman. What are the significant events that change Lina?

3. After thoroughly analyzing Lina's growth throughout "Between Shades of Gray", do you think "Between Shades of Gray" could be considered Lina's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Between Shades of Gray" who go through a Coming of Age experience? Who? Why do you think so?

Essay Topic 2

At one point, Lina expresses her hatred for Kretsky and her mother's reaction is immediate and painful. She grabs Lina by the arm and tells her to stop judging him. Elena says that Kretsky is "just a boy," and that no one knows what he's going through. The doctor who insists the soldiers take care of Lina and the others is able to make the demands because the soldiers are dependent on him to give the camp his approval. He makes it clear he won't do that unless they abide by his demands. Kretsky was likely punished or even killed for having alerted the doctor to the situation. His fate is not revealed. Discuss the following:

1. Is Elena's ability to not judge a matter of wisdom acquired with age, or do you think she is naturally a compassionate human being? Do you think Lina learns the lesson her mother offers about not being judgmental?

2. Does any person have the right to judge another? How does one know all the details of the other person's life enough to judge that person? Relate your answer to incidents in Between Shades of Gray.

3. There is a quote from the Christian texts that says, "Judge not lest you be judged yourself." Discuss what you think that may mean.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Between Shades of Gray" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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