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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where does Shmuel tell Bruno he’s from in Chapter Ten: "The Dot that Became a Speck that Became a Blob that Became a Figure that Became a Boy"?
(a) Switzerland.
(b) Germany.
(c) France.
(d) Poland.

2. What does Shmuel say his mother is in Chapter Ten: "The Dot that Became a Speck that Became a Blob that Became a Figure that Became a Boy"?
(a) A doctor.
(b) A painter.
(c) A teacher.
(d) A lawyer.

3. Bruno says in Chapter Four: "What they Saw through the Window" that in Berlin on their quiet street they only had how many houses?
(a) 6.
(b) 10.
(c) 12.
(d) 4.

4. Lieutenant Kotler is said to wear a great deal of what in Chapter Seven: "How Mother Took Credit for Something that She Hadn't Done"?
(a) Silver jewelry.
(b) Sunscreen.
(c) Cologne.
(d) Purple medals.

5. 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) 3.
(b) 6.
(c) 5.
(d) 2.

Short Answer Questions

1. For how long does Bruno say he’s been exploring when he meets the boy on the other side of the fence in Chapter Ten: "The Dot that Became a Speck that Became a Blob that Became a Figure that Became a Boy"?

2. Bruno says of his father and all fathers in Chapter Two: "The New House" that “fathers are supposed to be” what?

3. 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"?

4. What is the first name of Bruno’s Grandmother, used by his Grandfather in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out"?

5. How old is Bruno’s Grandmother said to be in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bruno show Gretel in his room in Chapter Three: "The Hopeless Case"? How does Gretel respond?

2. What does Gretel ask about the people in the camp in Chapter Four: "What they Saw through the Window"?

3. What is Gretel’s response to the mystery of the fence and what is beyond it in Chapter Four: "What they Saw through the Window"?

4. What is revealed on the plaque that Bruno reads in Chapter Nine: "Bruno Remembers that He Used to Enjoy Exploration"?

5. How is Bruno’s relationship to his grandparents described in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out"?

6. How would you describe the character of Bruno based on the reading of Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?

7. What is Bruno’s father’s position within the German military? What is the reason for his relocation?

8. Who does “the Fury” refer to in the novel? What information does the reader learn about the Fury in Chapter Two: "The New House"?

9. How does Gretel go about attempting to cheer up her brother in Chapter Three: "The Hopeless Case"?

10. Whom does Bruno ask for help in finding a tire in Chapter Seven: "How Mother Took Credit for Something that She Hadn't Done"? Why?

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