Shades of Gray Questions and Answers

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I like this question a lot. In a novel about the Civil War and post–Civil War rebuilding, a reader would assume that William's courage must certainly be focused on heroic acts of violence and...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2015, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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Because Uncle Jed didn't sign up to fight for the Confederacy, a number of folks in town are not prepared to give him the time of day. They think he's a coward who hid from the conscription...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2021, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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Will struggles with accepting his uncle’s position on the war. He considers his uncle a traitor for refusing to take sides. Will’s father and brother were killed by Yankee soldiers, and his...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016, 3:35 am (UTC)

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At the end of the book Will chooses to stay on the farm. Will is an orphan of the Civil War. His father and brother died in the war. His mother died after the war. His sisters died from typhoid....

Latest answer posted August 18, 2014, 3:31 pm (UTC)

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In chapter 10, Will receives a letter from Doc Martin. The letter informs Will that Martin’s sister, a widow, has moved in, which means that Martin can now give Will a “proper home.” If Will wants,...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2021, 5:23 pm (UTC)

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Uncle Jed does not like to be called “sir" and prefers to be called Uncle Jed. Since he is the “son of a Confederate cavalry officer,” Will is not happy about having to accept charity from his aunt...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015, 12:28 am (UTC)

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Will is judgmental, sad, and angry in the first few chapters of the book. Will is very judgmental when he first arrives at his aunt and uncle’s farm. He is in mourning for his family, of which he...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016, 11:53 pm (UTC)

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The climax of Shades of Gray occurs when Will is offered a choice: he can return to his original home with Doc Martin or he can stay with his Uncle Jed and the rest of his family in Virginia. At...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020, 5:28 am (UTC)

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Shades of Gray is a young adult novel that was written by Carolyn Reeder. The story takes place shortly after the Civil War in America. William Page is a young man and the main character—who...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2019, 11:55 pm (UTC)

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The story is told in third person limited, from Will's point of view. You can tell a story’s point of view first by looking at the pronouns for the narration. If you see the pronouns “I” and “my”...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2015, 3:53 am (UTC)

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Shades of Gray, written by Carolyn Reeder, is a book of historical fiction. In this book, which is written for middle-school-age children, a 12-year-old boy named Will Page, whose family died...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2017, 12:01 am (UTC)

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Megan Jones in Shades of Gray is the ten-year-old cousin of William. Meg has a happy disposition and remains positive no matter what circumstances she deals with. Meg is very supportive of her...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 4:00 am (UTC)

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William Page was born in Virginia. William is from the Shenandoah Valley, in Winchester, Virginia. After his parents are killed in the war, he goes to live with his aunt and uncle in Piedmont. The...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016, 10:13 pm (UTC)

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In the beginning of Shades of Gray, Doc Martin is taking Will to his aunt and uncle’s house. The reader learns that Will’s mother asked Doc Martin to do this years ago, before she died. Will’s...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2020, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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Will gets scratched by a rabbit he finds in a trap. When Will is going to empty the traps, he's hoping that nothing is there. He's still new to the country life and isn't sure how to do many of the...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019, 1:42 am (UTC)

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Meg doesn’t want to go to Mr. Jenkins because he got into a fight with her father. Will brings two rabbits from the line, and Aunt Ella asks Meg to take some meat to Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins. She asks...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2014, 4:41 am (UTC)

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Will digs a pit to char posts. Will Page is a young boy who has to go live with his aunt and uncle in Virginia after his family dies. The Civil War is raging, and Will has a lot of resentment...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019, 11:17 pm (UTC)

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In "Shades of Gray" by Carolyn Reeder, Will's button collection represents his past. The buttons were found on the battlefield near his home. He found them with his brother who is no longer living....

Latest answer posted June 25, 2015, 5:36 am (UTC)

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Yes, the "particular historical period" that Reeder accurately describes in Shades of Gray is the late eighteen hundreds (or late nineteenth century) in the United States of America. Specifically,...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015, 11:38 am (UTC)

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Will helps Meg learn to read and write. Meg's old school was destroyed in the war, and even though Meg really wants to learn how to read, her mother does not have the time to teach her. Will is...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2021, 12:21 am (UTC)

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Not yet...but stay tuned! We have them under development.

Latest answer posted August 10, 2010, 4:10 am (UTC)

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Shades of Gray by Carolyn Reeder tells the story of twelve-year-old William Page, a boy who is brought to live with his Uncle Jed and Aunt Ella at their Virginia-based farm after the deaths of his...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020, 12:59 am (UTC)

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A couple of specific details that show accuracy in regards to the time period have to do with the character of Will and his Uncle Jed. These two characters are the central focus of the damage the...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015, 11:48 am (UTC)

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