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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. In the flashback to Christmas in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out,” what name does Grandmother call Bruno’s father?
(a) Martin.
(b) Karl.
(c) Lars.
(d) Ralf.

2. 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 Liszt.
(b) Sergeant Hoffschneider.
(c) Herr Roller.
(d) Commandant Schneider.

3. Bruno tells Maria in Chapter Six: "The Overpaid Maid,” “Well, you’ve been brought here against your will, just like I have. If you ask me, we’re all in the same boat. And it’s” what?
(a) “Sunk.”
(b) “Capsizing.”
(c) “Turning to mutiny.”
(d) “Leaking.”

4. What is the first name of Bruno’s Grandmother, used by his Grandfather in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out"?
(a) Gretel.
(b) Isobel.
(c) Nathalie.
(d) Louise.

5. Why can Gretel not see “the children” from her own bedroom window in Chapter Three: "The Hopeless Case"?
(a) It faces the front of the house.
(b) She has no window in her room.
(c) It is too high to see out of.
(d) It is covered with boards on the outside.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many floors in total is Bruno’s house in Berlin said to be, including the basement, in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?

2. Bruno’s Grandmother and Grandfather are said to live in a small flat near what area in Berlin, in Chapter Eight: "Why Grandmother Stormed Out"?

3. 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?

4. What does Maria say that Bruno’s father did for her mother after Maria had been working for the family a short time in Chapter Six: "The Overpaid Maid"?

5. What is Bruno’s response when his father asks him in his office in Chapter Five: "Out of Bounds at All Times and No Exceptions,” “What do you think? … Of your new home. Do you like it?”

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What leads Bruno to go exploring in Chapter Nine: "Bruno Remembers that He Used to Enjoy Exploration"? Where does he first go?

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

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

7. How does Bruno respond when his father asks him what he thinks of their new home in Chapter Five: "Out of Bounds at All Times and No Exceptions"?

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

9. How is the setting beyond the fence described in Chapter Three: "The Hopeless Case"?

10. What conversation takes place between Bruno and his father regarding their move in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?

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