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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Bruno’s family’s house in Berlin “didn’t even have a name; it was just called” what, according to the narrator in Chapter Three: "The Hopeless Case"?
(a) “Number seven.”
(b) “Number six.”
(c) “Number five.”
(d) “Number four.”

2. What does Bruno arrive home to find the maid Maria doing in the opening of Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?
(a) Weeping uncontrollably.
(b) Trying to start the car engine.
(c) Killing a mouse in the kitchen.
(d) Packing his belongings.

3. Gretel says in Chapter Four: "What they Saw through the Window" that “Father hates” what?
(a) “Politics.”
(b) “Modern things.”
(c) “German things.”
(d) “Jews.”

4. When does Shmuel say his date of birth is in Chapter Ten: "The Dot that Became a Speck that Became a Blob that Became a Figure that Became a Boy"?
(a) September 18, 1935.
(b) June 12, 1933.
(c) July 13, 1934.
(d) April 15, 1934.

5. What color hair is Bruno’s mother described as having in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?
(a) Blond.
(b) Black.
(c) Brown.
(d) Red.

6. How many floors in total is Bruno’s house in Berlin said to be, including the basement, in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?
(a) 6.
(b) 2.
(c) 5.
(d) 3.

7. When Bruno takes his sister Gretel to look out of his bedroom window, Maria comes charging out carrying what in Chapter Three: "The Hopeless Case"?
(a) A feral cat.
(b) A dead mouse.
(c) A dust cloth.
(d) A suitcase.

8. Bruno says of his father and all fathers in Chapter Two: "The New House" that “fathers are supposed to be” what?
(a) “Serious.”
(b) “Rich.”
(c) “Superior.”
(d) “Strict.”

9. The boy on the other side of the fence is described as having eyes the color of what in Chapter Ten: "The Dot that Became a Speck that Became a Blob that Became a Figure that Became a Boy"?
(a) Cotton candy.
(b) Brushed wheat.
(c) The ocean.
(d) Caramel sweets.

10. What is the meaning of the word “ergo,” used in Chapter Five: "Out of Bounds at All Times and No Exceptions”?
(a) Hereto.
(b) Therefore.
(c) Until.
(d) Unless.

11. How is Bruno’s Grandmother’s hair described in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out"?
(a) Long and red.
(b) Short and blond.
(c) Short and gray.
(d) Long and black.

12. How old was Bruno’s Grandfather said to be when Bruno’s family left for Out-With?
(a) Almost 73.
(b) Almost 90.
(c) Almost 70.
(d) Almost 84.

13. What had been Bruno’s grandmother’s employment in her youth?
(a) She was an acrobat.
(b) She was a singer.
(c) She was a painter.
(d) She was a secretary.

14. The narrator notes in Chapter Four: "What they Saw through the Window" that “Hilda had been told time and time again that she was not to call her brother” what?
(a) “A Nazi.”
(b) “Stupid.”
(c) “A jerk.”
(d) “A pest.”

15. The bronze plaque on the bench that Bruno spies from his window states that “Out-With Camp” was established when?
(a) September 1938.
(b) June 1940.
(c) July 1942.
(d) July 1941.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bruno tells Shmuel in Chapter Ten: "The Dot that Became a Speck that Became a Blob that Became a Figure that Became a Boy" that his name sounds like what?

2. How old is Gretel in the beginning of the novel?

3. How old is Bruno in the beginning of the novel?

4. The narrator says in Chapter Seven: "How Mother Took Credit for Something that She Hadn't Done,” that “Bruno had only known one person whom he considered to be mad and that was” whom?

5. What is the name of the butler in Bruno’s household in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?

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