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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The maid Maria is said to have come to work for Bruno’s family when Bruno was how old, in Chapter Six: "The Overpaid Maid"?
(a) 8 years old.
(b) 6 months old.
(c) 3 years old.
(d) 6 years old.

2. How old is Gretel in the beginning of the novel?
(a) 12.
(b) 14.
(c) 26.
(d) 15.

3. 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) “Stupid.”
(b) “A Nazi.”
(c) “A jerk.”
(d) “A pest.”

4. What does Maria tell Bruno she’d always enjoyed at the house in Berlin in Chapter Six: "The Overpaid Maid"?
(a) The banister.
(b) The garden.
(c) The basement.
(d) The attic.

5. Whose father is described as being a teacher in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?
(a) Martin’s.
(b) Daniel’s.
(c) Karl’s.
(d) Lars’s.

6. What does Gretel ask Maria to do when she enters Bruno’s room in Chapter Six: "The Overpaid Maid"?
(a) To make her some tea.
(b) To run her a bath.
(c) To make her a sandwich.
(d) To bathe her dolls.

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

8. What covers the walls in Bruno’s father’s office in Chapter Five: "Out of Bounds at All Times and No Exceptions"?
(a) Dark draperies.
(b) Mahogany bookshelves.
(c) Maps and battle plans.
(d) Photographs of Hitler.

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

10. What is the young soldier carrying downstairs when Bruno first sees him in Chapter Two: "The New House"?
(a) A doll.
(b) A gun.
(c) A box.
(d) A bouquet.

11. What does Bruno consider to be the best thing about his house in Berlin, according to the author in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?
(a) The garden.
(b) The banister.
(c) The tree house.
(d) The moat.

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

13. By what nickname does Bruno secretly refer to his sister Gretel in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?
(a) “The Brat Packer.”
(b) “A Lost Cause.”
(c) “A Sorry Sight.”
(d) “A Hopeless Case.”

14. What subjects are Bruno said to prefer studying in Chapter Nine: "Bruno Remembers that He Used to Enjoy Exploration"?
(a) History and geography.
(b) Reading and art.
(c) Music and dance.
(d) Science and mathematics.

15. Lieutenant Kotler tells Bruno in Chapter Seven: "How Mother Took Credit for Something that She Hadn't Done" that the only spare tire he’s seen around recently belongs to whom?
(a) Herr Roller.
(b) Sergeant Hoffschneider.
(c) Herr Liszt.
(d) Commandant Schneider.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the flashback to Christmas in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out,” what name does Grandmother call Bruno’s father?

2. Pavel is said to have what nightly duties within Bruno’s family’s home in Chapter Seven: "How Mother Took Credit for Something that She Hadn't Done"?

3. Shmuel tells Bruno 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?

4. What does Bruno arrive home to find the maid Maria doing in the opening of Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?

5. Gretel explains to Bruno in Chapter Three: "The Hopeless Case" that “Out-With” is the name of what?

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