The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Test
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The author uses various techniques to show that Bruno is a child. Which of the following is NOT one of those techniques? *
In what point of view is the novel written? *
Read this portion from chapter 2: "The new house, however, stood all on its own in an empty, DESOLATE place and there were no other houses to be seen, which meant there would be no other families around and no other boys to play with, neither friends nor trouble." *
Use your context clues to help you identify the meaning of the word DESOLATE from the choices provided.
Read the passage from Chapter 5 and answer the questions that follow.
Father held a hand in the air, which immediately caused the other men to fall silent. It was as if he was the conductor of a barbershop quartet.
'Gentlemen,' he said, and this time Bruno could make out every word because there had never been a man born who was more capable of being heard from one side of a room to the other than Father. 'Your suggestions and your encouragement are very much appreciated. And the past is the past. Here we have a fresh beginning, but let that beginning start tomorrow. For now, I'd better help my family settle in or there will be as much trouble for me in here as there is for them out there, you understand?'
What quote would support the idea that Bruno's father commands attention of those around him? *
What quote from the text would support the idea that Bruno was in awe of his father? *
"As they left [the soldiers] stood in a row together like toy soldiers and their arms shot out in the same way that Father had taught Bruno to salute, the palm stretched flat, moving from their chests up into the air in front of them in a sharp motion as they cried out the two words that Bruno has been taught to say whenever anyone said it to him." *
What literary device is used in the sentence above?
Read the passage from chapter 5, and answer the questions that follow.
Bruno turned the door handle and stepped inside and assumed his customary pose of wide-open eyes, mouth in the shape of an O and arms stretched out by his sides. The rest of the house might have been a little dark and gloomy and hardly full of possibilities for exploration but this room was something else. It had a very high ceiling to begin with, and a carpet underfoot that Bruno thought he might sink into. The walls were hardly visible; instead they were covered with dark mahogany shelves, all lined with books, like the ones in the library at the house in Berlin. There were enormous windows on the wall facing him, which stretched out into the garden beyond, allowing a comfortable seat to be placed in front of them, and in the centre of all this, seated behind a massive oak desk, was Father himself, who looked up from his papers when Bruno entered and broke into a wide smile.
'Bruno,' he said, coming round from behind the desk and shaking the boy's hand solidly, for Father was not usually the type of man to give anyone a hug, unlike Mother and Grandmother, who gave them a little too often for comfort, complementing them with slobbering kisses. 'My boy,' he added after a moment.
What literary device is used in the passage to help the reader picture father's office in their own mind? *
What quote would support the statement that Bruno's father was not an affectionate person? *
Read this quote from chapter 5: 'Ah, those people,' said Father, nodding his head and smiling slightly. 'Those people...well they're not people at all, Bruno.' *
What is the TONE of this statement that Father makes? You will need to use your knowledge of the entire novel to help you decide.
'Heil Hitler,' [Bruno] said, which he presumed, was another way of saying, 'Well, goodbye, for now, have a pleasant afternoon." *
What can a reader infer about Bruno's understanding of his stating of 'Heil Hitler' based on this portion of the novel?
Read the following passage from Chapter 6, and answer the questions that follow.
'What's going on?' asked Gretel.
'Nothing,' said Bruno defensively. 'What do you want? Get out.'
'Get out yourself,' she replied even though it was his room, and then turned to look at Maria, narrowing her eyes suspiciously as she did so. 'Run me a bath, Maria, will you?' she asked.
'Why can't you run your own bath?' snapped Bruno.
'Because she's the maid,' said Gretel, staring at him. 'That's what she's here for.'
'That's not what she's here for,' shouted Bruno standing up and marching over to her. 'She's not just here to do things for us all the time, you know. Especially things that we can do ourselves.'
True or False. Bruno and Gretel feel the same way about Maria, and that can be supported with the text passage from above. *
Which words from the text support the idea that Bruno is speaking harshly with Gretel in the exchange written above? Check all that apply. *
Bruno's mother, when referring to the Germans serving in The Great War, says, "You have no idea of what the young men went through back then." What is ironic about this statement? *
Read the passage from Chapter 7: "On most days the young lieutenant looked very smart, striding around in a uniform that appeared to have been ironed while he was wearing it. His black boots always sparkled with polish and his yellow-blond hair was parted at the side and held perfectly in place with something that made all the comb marks stand out in it, like a field that had just been tilled." *
What two literary devices are use to describe Lt. Kotler's dress and hair?
Read this portion from chapter 7: 'Hey, you!' [Lt. Kotler] shouted, then adding a word that Bruno did not understand. 'Come over here, you--' He said the word again, and something about the harsh sound of it made Bruno look away and feel ashamed to be a part of this at all. *
A reader could infer that Lt. Kotler was speaking to a person in which type of tone?
Read this passage from chapter 7, and answer the questions that follow.
'Nothing is the same here,' agreed Pavel.
'When did you arrive at Out-With?' asked Bruno.
Pavel put the carrot and the peeler down for a few moments and thought about it. 'I think I've always been here,' he said finally in a quiet voice.
'You grew up here?'
'No,' said Pavel, shaking his head. 'No, I didn't.'
'But you just said--'
Before he could go on, Mother's voice could be heard outside. As soon as he heard her, Pavel jumped up quickly from his seat and returned to the sink with the carrots and the peeler and the newspaper full of peelings, and turned his back on Bruno, hanging his head low and not speaking again.
What would be the MAIN reason that Pavel states that he thinks he has always been at Out-With even though that is not the case? *
Use the context clues, as well as understanding of the novel as a whole to choose the best answer.
Bruno's grandmother in response to seeing her son, Bruno's dad, in his uniform, states: "...I wonder if all the performances I made you give as a boy led you to this. Dressing up like a puppet on a string." *
What literary device is used in the statement by Bruno's grandmother, and what purpose does it serve?
The author has Bruno questioning things like a child all through the novel. For example, in chapter 9 Bruno questions about the people that wear the striped pajamas by thinking to himself, "What exactly was the difference? he wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?" *
What purpose does it serve to use the novel as a tool to make people think about things beyond the story itself?
In Chapter 10 when Bruno meets Shmuel he realizes how much they have in common. What would be the point in the author creating two boys who have many similarities but have two very different lives? *
In chapter 11, Bruno's father says, "The last thing we need is for either of you to start behaving like children." He says this to Bruno and Gretel before dinner with Hitler. Why is father's statement IRONIC? *
Shmuel and Bruno talk about the different symbols (the Jewish Star of David and Nazi swastika) that they can identify as part of their lives, and the boys begin to give examples. Bruno doesn't completely understand the significance behind the examples, and the author uses this to help the reader think about what? *
Which of the following would be an example of an epithet? *
"Then one day Father SUMMONED Bruno and Gretel into his office and informed them of the changes that were to come." *
Use the context clues, and your knowledge of the plot to choose the best meaning of the word SUMMONED.
What item in the novel could be used as a metaphor for how people are divided in life based on where they are from, or what people think of them, even if as humans, like Shmuel and Bruno, they are very much the same? *
In chapter 13, Bruno's father "...tapped his knife on the table and everyone was silent." True or False. Bruno's father has the same type of control with his family that he does with the soldiers that report to him. Consider the quote to help you answer. *
Read this passage from Chapter 13, and answer the questions that follow.
What happened then was both unexpected and extremely unpleasant. Lieutenant Kotler grew very angry with Pavel and no one-- not Bruno, not Mother and not even Father-- stepped in to stop him doing what he did next, even though none of them could watch. Even though it made Bruno cry and Gretel grow pale.
Later that night, when Bruno went to bed, he thought about all that had happened over dinner. He remembered how kind Pavel had been to him on the afternoon he had made the swing, and how he had stopped his knee from bleeding and been very gentle in the way he administered the green ointment. And while Bruno realized that Father was generally a very kind and thoughtful man, it hardly seemed fair or right that no one had stopped Lieutenant Kotler getting so angry at Pavel, and if that was the kind of thing that went on at Out-With then he'd better not disagree with anyone any more about anything; in fact he would do well to keep his mouth shut and cause no chaos at all. Some people might not like it.
What quote from the passage could support the statement that the way Lt. Kotler handled Pavel made the people at the table uncomfortable? *
Read this passage from Chapter 14: "As he ate his breakfast that morning, the rain continued. Through all the morning classes with Herr Liszt, the rain continued. While he ate his lunch, the rain continued. And while they finished another session of history and geography in the afternoon, the rain continued." *
What literary device is being used in this portion of the novel?
In chapter 15, when describing how Shmuel responded when Lt. Kotler confronted him in response to stealing food and interacting with Bruno, it says, "...Shmuel, who wasn't crying anymore, merely staring at the floor and looking as if he was trying to convince his soul not to live inside his tiny body any more, but to slip away and sail to the door and rise up into the sky, gliding through the clouds until it was very far away." What does this metaphor show about the way Shmuel was feeling? *
Read this passage from chapter 16, and answer the questions that follow.
Bruno had the shampoo as well, but then Father decided that the best thing was for him to start afresh and he got a razor and shaved all Bruno's hair off, which made Bruno cry. It didn't take long and he hated seeing all his hair float down from his head and land on the floor at his feed, but Father said it had to be done.
Afterwards Bruno looked at himself in the bathroom mirror and he felt sick. His entire head looked misshapen now that he was bald and his eyes looked too big for his face. He was almost scared of his own reflection.
...When he saw himself in the mirror Bruno couldn't help but think how much like Shmuel he looked now, and he wondered whether all the people on that side of the fence had lice as well and that was why all their heads were shaved too.
When he saw his friend the next day Shmuel started to laugh at Bruno's appearance, which didn't do a lot for his dwindling self-confidence.
Which of the parts of the passage above are IRONIC? Choose all that apply. *
Which of the following is a representation of the roles people are given seen multiple times through the story that has significant meaning? *
Maria said to Bruno, "He gave me a job, a home. Food. You can't imagine what it's like to need food. You've never been hungry, have you?" Bruno frowned. He wanted to mention that he was feeling a bit PECKISH right now, but instead he looked across at Maria and realized for the first time that he had never fully considered her to be a person with a life and a history all of her own." *
Use context clues to help determine the meaning of the word PECKISH.
"It's all right," said Shmuel, looking up at him now. There was a lot of bruising on his face and Bruno GRIMACED, and for a moment he forgot about his apology. *
Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons the Germans shaved the Jews' hair at the camps? *
What does the author of the novel use in the story to help show the mood, especially at the end of the novel? *
Read this passage from chapter 19: "In fact everywhere [Bruno] looked, all he could see was two different types of people; either happy, laughing, shouting soldiers in their uniforms or unhappy, crying people in their striped pajamas, most of whom seemed to be staring into space as if they were actually asleep." *
What did Bruno realize when he was on the other side of the fence with Shmuel? Think about the passage above.
The last part of the novel reads, "And that's the end of the story about Bruno and his family. Of course all this happened a long time ago and nothing like that could ever happen again. Not in this day and age." *
What is the goal of the author when writing that? What does he hope that the reader might consider?
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