The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Quiz

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Match the characters with their attributes:

Bruno = Remains fundamentally ignorant of the real purpose of Out-With Gretel = Tracks Germany's progress in the war and echoes prejudices against Jews Bruno's father = Has settled opinions about what's occurring at Out-With Adolf Hitler = Not mentioned in the passage

Match the events with their descriptions:

Bruno's family moving = Occurred unexpectedly from Berlin to Poland Bruno's death = Occurred tragically in a Nazi gas chamber Gretel's playing = Graduated from playing with dolls Bruno's learning = Fully made sense of the real purpose of Out-With

Match the places with their descriptions:

Out-With = The loneliest place in the world Berlin = The city where Bruno and his family lived before Poland Poland = The country where Bruno's family moved for his father's career Auschwitz = Not mentioned in the passage

Match the people with their characteristics:

Bruno = Has an open mind Gretel = Tracks Germany's progress in the war Bruno's father = Has settled opinions about what's occurring at Out-With The people on the other side of the fence = Wear striped pajamas

Match the aspects with their significance:

Bruno's innocence = Endows him with an important virtue The fence = Exists to separate people like Bruno from the Jews The soldiers = Stationed near the family's house The striped pajamas = Worn by the people on the other side of the fence

Match the events with their consequences:

Bruno's movement to Poland = Misses the life and friends he left behind in Berlin Gretel's growth = Starts tracking Germany's progress in the war Bruno's learning = Never fully makes sense of the real purpose of Out-With Bruno's death = Occurring tragically in a Nazi gas chamber

Match the individuals with their understandings:

Bruno = Does not understand what Out-With really is Gretel = Understands Germany's progress in the war Bruno's father = Understands what's occurring at Out-With The people on the other side of the fence = Not mentioned in the passage

Match the virtues with their descriptions:

Bruno's innocence = Endows him with an open mind Gretel's growth = Starts tracking Germany's progress in the war Bruno's father's understanding = Has settled opinions about what's occurring at Out-With The virtue lacking in adults = Having an open mind

Match the events with their impacts:

Bruno's family moving = Causes him to miss his life and friends in Berlin Bruno's learning = Never fully makes sense of the real purpose of Out-With Gretel's growth = Echoes prejudices against Jews Bruno's death = Occurs tragically in a Nazi gas chamber

Match the people with their actions:

Bruno = Tries to make sense of Out-With Gretel = Tracks Germany's progress in the war Bruno's father = Gets stationed at Out-With for his career The people on the other side of the fence = Wear striped pajamas

Match the aspects with their effects:

The fence = Separates people like Bruno from the Jews The soldiers = Cause Bruno to feel that Out-With is the loneliest place Bruno's innocence = Endows him with an open mind Gretel's growth = Causes her to echo prejudices against Jews

Study Notes

Bruno's Character

  • Bruno is a nine-year-old German boy and the protagonist of the novel
  • He misses his life and friends in Berlin after his family's unexpected move to Poland for his father's career

Bruno's Understanding of Out-With Camp

  • Bruno feels that Out-With Camp is "the loneliest place in the world" but doesn't understand what the place is or what happens there
  • He doesn't comprehend the purpose of the massive fence near his house or the presence of many soldiers
  • He doesn't know who the people on the other side of the fence are or why they wear striped pajamas

Bruno's Ignorance and Innocence

  • Bruno remains unaware of the historical and political context of Out-With Camp and the war
  • He never fully understands the real purpose of Out-With Camp, even until his tragic death in a Nazi gas chamber
  • His childlike innocence allows him to keep an open mind, unlike the adults in the novel

Bruno's Friendship with Shmuel

  • Bruno befriends Shmuel, a Jewish boy he meets while walking along the fence
  • Initially, Bruno is self-centered and unable to listen to Shmuel's experiences
  • Over time, Bruno grows introspective, notices his own selfish behaviors, and learns to see things from Shmuel's perspective
  • Bruno demonstrates empathy and responsibility for his friend, even as the novel approaches its tragic conclusion

This quiz is based on John Boyne's novel The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, which tells the story of a young boy named Bruno and his family's move to Poland during World War II. Test your knowledge of the book and its themes.

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