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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. 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.

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

3. Whom does Bruno recall his mother having said they “never should have let come to dinner” in his memory of leaving their home in Berlin in Chapter Five: "Out of Bounds at All Times and No Exceptions"?
(a) “Grandmother.”
(b) “The Fury.”
(c) “The President.”
(d) “Grandfather.”

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

5. 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 six.”
(b) “Number seven.”
(c) “Number five.”
(d) “Number four.”

Short Answer Questions

1. 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"?

2. Whose father is described as being a teacher in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"?

3. 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"?

4. Bruno discovers that Pavel had what profession prior to becoming a servant in his home in Chapter Seven: "How Mother Took Credit for Something that She Hadn't Done"?

5. Bruno’s Grandfather “had spent his entire life running a restaurant in the centre of town, and one of his employees was the father” of which of Bruno’s friends?

Short Essay Questions

1. Would you describe Bruno’s character as “innocent” in the novel? How “innocent” are Bruno’s parents?

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

3. 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"?

4. What confuses Bruno about the people 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"?

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. How does Bruno come to discover his family is moving in Chapter One: "Bruno Makes a Discovery"? How does Bruno respond?

10. How does Bruno become injured in Chapter Seven: "How Mother Took Credit for Something that She Hadn't Done"? Who helps him?

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