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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 suggests to Shmuel that what has likely happened to his father in Chapter Eighteen: "Thinking Up the Final Adventure"?
(a) He’s been sent to another town to work.
(b) He's been set free.
(c) He’s been murdered.
(d) He’s been promoted to a soldier’s rank.

2. When Bruno changes clothes before crossing the fence in Chapter Nineteen: "What Happened the Next Day,” he tells Shmuel that this reminds him of what?
(a) His mother.
(b) His father.
(c) His grandmother.
(d) His grandfather.

3. What does Bruno’s father discover about the fence in Chapter Twenty: "The Last Chapter"?
(a) It is properly secured at all locations.
(b) It is not properly secured where Bruno’s clothes were found.
(c) It is electrified.
(d) It has been burned away where Bruno entered.

4. When does Shmuel say he last saw his father in Chapter Eighteen: "Thinking Up the Final Adventure"?
(a) Thursday.
(b) Monday.
(c) Friday.
(d) Tuesday.

5. How far in the future does Bruno’s father say that Bruno, Gretel and their mother will return to Berlin in Chapter Seventeen: "Mother Gets Her Own Way"?
(a) Next month.
(b) In two weeks.
(c) Within the year.
(d) Within the week.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Shmuel say the soldiers feel about him and the others on his side of the fence in Chapter Eighteen: "Thinking Up the Final Adventure"?

2. What does Bruno say his family is having for dinner tonight in Chapter Nineteen: "What Happened the Next Day"?

3. How long does Bruno’s mother stay in Out-With looking for Bruno before finally returning to Berlin in Chapter Twenty: "The Last Chapter"?

4. In what country was the concentration camp set where Bruno lived with his family in The Boy in the Striped Pajamas?

5. Shmuel tells Bruno in Chapter Thirteen: "The Bottle of Wine" that most of the people on his side of the fence are from Poland, but there are others from what country?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does your opinion of Bruno’s father and his role at the camp change throughout the narrative? What is Bruno’s father’s objective?

2. What leads Bruno’s mother to demand leaving Out-With in Chapter Seventeen: "Mother Gets Her Own Way"?

3. What does Shmuel tell Bruno of his life before the camp in Chapter Twelve: "Shmuel Thinks of an Answer to Bruno's Question"?

4. What does Bruno offer to do in order to help Shmuel in Chapter Eighteen: "Thinking Up the Final Adventure"?

5. How does Shmuel explain his absence when he finally sees Bruno in Chapter Eighteen: "Thinking Up the Final Adventure"?

6. Where does Bruno discover Shmuel in Chapter Fifteen: "Something He Shouldn't Have Done"? What does Bruno offer to Shmuel?

7. How would you characterize the denouement of the novel in Chapter Twenty: "The Last Chapter"?

8. What instructions does Bruno’s father give to Bruno and his sister on the evening that the Fury comes to dinner in Chapter Eleven: "The Fury"?

9. How does Gretel’s character evolve in the narrative? What leads to the biggest changes in Gretel’s character?

10. What exchange takes place between Bruno and Lieutenant Kotler in Chapter Fifteen: "Something He Shouldn't Have Done"?

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