Why does Bruno want rope and a tire?
Students will first state the obvious: Bruno wants to use the rope and tire to make a swing. However, you should encourage them to think more deeply: he wants a rope and tire in order to occupy his mind. He’s bored at Out-With and worried that he will go mad if he does not do something to keep himself from growing more bored.
Why is Lieutenant Kotler mean to Pavel?
If your students have some background on the novel, they might be able to deduce that Pavel is a Jew at Out-With who was assigned to work in Bruno’s father’s home. Lieutenant Kotler is mean to Pavel because he is prejudiced against Jews, as the Nazis were. If you...
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