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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?
Bruno likes to pretend he is on adventures.
Bruno has to sleep with a blanket every night.
The author uses dialogue that shows a childish way of speaking.
Bruno does not understand some major concepts dealing with his situation.
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?
"Father held a hand in the air..."
"And the past is the past."
"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?"
"...immediately caused the other men to fall silent."
What quote from the text would support the idea that Bruno was in awe of his father?
"It was as if he was the conductor of a barbershop quartet."
"...Bruno could make out every word because there had never been a man born who was more capable of being heard..."
"Your suggestions and your encouragement are very much appreciated."
"Father held a hand in the air..."
"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?
"...Father was not usually the type of man to give anyone a hug..."
"...Father himself, who looked up from his papers..."
"The walls were hardly visible..."
"...coming round from behind the desk and shaking the boy's hand solidly..."
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?
Bruno is very patriotic.
Bruno admires his father and does the same things as he does.
Bruno does not understand what his statement means when he says it.
Bruno does not speak German.
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?
It is ironic because women never talk about the soldiers serving in war because they can't understand it.
It is ironic because mother was not alive during The Great War.
It is ironic because mother is living in a place where suffering is happening, and is not concerned about it.
It is ironic because mother is talking about a scary subject like war with her children.
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?
personification and allusion
motif and imagery
metaphor and simile
simile and imagery
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.
Pavel is a Jew and was lucky enough to work in Bruno's house.
Pavel is a liar, and he has a problem knowing what is truth and what is a lie because of his history of lying to people.
Pavel has lost everything, and his life is so harsh that he does not have any memories of good times now.
Pavel has had a head injury and can not remember life before he was at Out-With.
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?
simile to show that Bruno's father does not have a mind of his own, but just does what he is told by those above him
metaphor to show that Bruno's father is a very patriotic man who would do anything for his country
reflection to show that Bruno's grandmother had good memories with her son when he was growing up
idiom to show that Bruno's father really hates his family and that he wishes he was in another place away from it all
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?
It helps the reader picture a small child.
It helps the reader know that there were people in the story that wore uniforms.
It helps the reader know that the people who wore pajamas were workers.
It helps the reader think about those questions himself/herself, and about how people in life are separated.
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?
to show that Jews and Germans can get along
to show that the only thing different is the hate surrounding them
to show that children are not scared
to show that children are not in control of the situations in which they find themselves
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?
because Bruno and Gretel ARE children
because Bruno and Gretel never misbehave
because Hitler doesn't even know the children
because father never plays with the children
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?
that none of the people who wore the symbols actually understood what they meant
that both the Star of David, and the Nazi swastika were equally bad
that unless people put meanings to symbols, they do not have power
that making symbols is a waste of time, and should be stopped
Which of the following would be an example of an epithet?
Lt. Kotler saying "Heil Hitler!"
Bruno calling Gretel "A Hopeless Case"
Gretel flirting with Lt. Kotler and laughing at his jokes
Maria describing father by saying he is a "good man"
"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.
to spank for misbehavior
to call for someone; to invite
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?
the tire swing
the gas chamber
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?
"...it hardly seemed fair or right that no one had stopped Lieutenant Kotler getting so angry at Pavel..."
"Later that night, when Bruno went to bed, he thought about all that had happened over dinner."
"[Bruno] remebered how kind Pavel had been to him on the afternoon he had made the tire swing..."
"What happened then was both unexpected and exremely unpleasant. ...even though none of them could watch. Even though it made Bruno cry and Gretel grow pale."
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?
The metaphor shows how small and unhealthy Shmuel is, and how brave he is because he doesn't cry anymore.
This metaphor demonstrates that Shmuel believed in ghosts, and that if he was a ghost he could escape the house and then get back at Lt. Kotler.
The metaphor is a literal representation of how a Jewish person thinks about their soul.
The metaphor shows that Shmuel was hurt so deeply that he did not care about living; he just wanted to escape where he was by dying and going to a happier place.
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.
Bruno's father shaves his son's head to look like the children in the concentration camp.
Shmuel laughs at Bruno when he sees his hair is gone.
Bruno cries when he sees his head shaved in the mirror.
Bruno got lice just like those people 'across the fence' in the camp.
Bruno used the lice shampoo to try and get rid of the lice on his head.
As a German, Bruno now looks like a concentration camp prisoner.
Which of the following is a representation of the roles people are given seen multiple times through the story that has significant meaning?
Bruno being surprised that Pavel was once a doctor
Maria knew Bruno's father had a good side
Gretel getting rid of her doll collection
characters dressing up to "play a part"
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.
to yell at someone in anger
to flash a smile at a person to make them feel more comfortable
expression on a person's face, typically expressing disgust or pain
a big purple monster that is often seen with Ronald McDonald in McDonald's advertisements
Which of the following is NOT one of the reasons the Germans shaved the Jews' hair at the camps?
strip them of their identity
to use it to make uniforms for the war effort
try to prevent the spread of lice
as a way to make them look like machines
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.
That he was no longer friends with Shmuel.
That the people who had striped pajamas were not happy like he thought.
That the soliders were not angry like he thought.
That the camp was a beautiful place that people enjoyed in different ways.
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?
That we are so different today that nothing as bad as that event can happen.
That we should all visit a museum to think more about the Holocaust.
That Bruno was brave his bravery saved lives, so all that we need in life is to be brave.
That we are not aware of the bad things that ARE going on in the world, and to think about that, having constant awareness of it.
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