Day 3

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What lie does Bruno tell Gretel? Why do you think he lies?

    Bruno lies to Gretel and pretends that Shmuel is an imaginary friend. Even though Bruno does not seem to understand the realities of living in a concentration camp, he does understand that his meetings with Shmuel need to be kept secret. He lies to Gretel so that neither he nor Shmuel would get into trouble, and to avoid his parents or anyone else in the household finding out about Shmuel.

  2. 2

    Why does Bruno lie to Lieutenant Kotler?

    Some students may think Bruno lies to Lieutenant Kotler because he is scared of the lieutenant. Others may think he simply does not want to get in trouble. Other students may have...

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