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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. Bruno angers his father in Chapter Five: "Out of Bounds at All Times and No Exceptions" by suggesting that his father do what?
(a) Move to the United States.
(b) Send him to live with Grandmother.
(c) Divorce his mother.
(d) Apologize to the Fury.

2. 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 84.
(d) Almost 73.

3. What song is Bruno’s Grandmother said to have always sung at parties in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out"?
(a) Maria Elena.
(b) My Sister and I.
(c) Song of the Volga Boatmen.
(d) La Vie en Rose.

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

5. What is Gretel’s answer when Bruno asks her in Chapter Three: "The Hopeless Case,” “What is foreseeable future exactly?”
(a) “It means weeks from now.”
(b) “It means in at least a year.”
(c) “It means a few months.”
(d) “It means just a few days.”

Short Answer Questions

1. Maria tells Bruno in Chapter Six: "The Overpaid Maid,” “We must all just keep ourselves safe until this is all over. That’s what I intend to do anyway. What more can we do than that after all? It’s not up to us to” what?

2. 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"?

3. One of the soldiers speaking to Bruno’s father is overheard in Chapter Five: "Out of Bounds at All Times and No Exceptions" saying, “We have lacked efficiency since the start of” what year?

4. 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"?

5. How long ago had the Fury been to Bruno’s house in the opening of Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bruno go about “making the best of the situation” in Chapter Six: "The Overpaid Maid"?

2. How old is Gretel in Chapter Four: "What they Saw through the Window"? How does Bruno feel about his sister?

3. How is the character of Shmuel described in Chapter Ten: "The Dot that Became a Speck that Became a Blob that Became a Figure that Became a Boy"?

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

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

6. Where does Bruno succeed in getting a tire in Chapter Seven: "How Mother Took Credit for Something that She Hadn't Done"? What does he do with it?

7. What did Bruno experience of his grandmother’s argument with his father in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out"?

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

9. What does Bruno tell Maria about regarding the move in Chapter Six: "The Overpaid Maid"?

10. How does Bruno compare his new home to his old one in Chapter Two: "The New House"?

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