NWSA English II

Ms. Strahan's English II Class


December 2014

The Book Thief Reading Comprehension Questions (Winter Break Assignment)

Reading Comprehension Questions: The Book Thief
(Please write on a separate sheet of paper. You will receive NO CREDIT if you write on this paper.)
1.) In “Death and Chocolate,” Death says he sees what before the humans?
2.) What/who is Death referring to when he says it is the “leftover humans?”
3.) How many times does Death say that he saw the book thief?
4.) Who stands beside the railway line?
5.) Why does Death linger at the railway line?
6.) Where does Death FIRST see the book thief?
7.) Where does Death SECOND see the book thief? What is she doing and who is with her?
8.) Where does Death see the book thief a THIRD time? What is she doing?
9.) At the end of this section, Death says that he carries certain stories around with him to prove to him that humans are what?
10.) In the first four sections, Death introduces himself and discusses the importance of colors. What are the 4 colors mentioned in these first four sections (in order)?
Part 1:
11.) On the train, Liesel has a dream, what is her dream of? Why is this significant?
12.) Who dies in the first section?
13.) What does Liesel find and take at the burial site?
14.) Why does Death attend the burial?
15.) Who are the Hubermanns? Where do they live?
16.) Give a description of Hans Hubermann. What are some hobbies he enjoys?
17.) Give a description of Rosa Hubermann. What does she do for work?
18.) What does Rosa call Liesel? Why do you think she calls her this name?
19.) Compare/Contrast the relationship between Hans and Liesel and Rosa and Liesel.
20.) Why is dangerous that Liesel has brown eyes?
21.) How does Hans comfort Liesel when she starts having nightmares about her brother?
22.) What did they discover about Liesel in “The Woman with the Iron Fist?”
23.) When Liesel turns 10 she is forced to join the _________________________.
24.) Describe Rudy Steiner.
25.) What is Frau Diller’s “one golden rule?”
26.) What is the “road of yellow stars?”
27.) Who does Rudy imitate that enrages his father so? Why is his father angry with him?
28.) After Liesel wets the bed, what is Hans reaction? What does he find in her mattress?
29.) Who teaches Liesel to read and write?
30.) What is the “smell” Liesel refers to as the “smell of friendship?”
31.) When forced to read in front of her class, what does Liesel do instead?

Part 2:
32.) What is the name of the second book Liesel steals?
33.) In the Prologue, Death tells readers Liesel will steal her first book from ice and her second book from fire. What is meant here?
34.) Who is “Werner?”
35.) What does Liesel mean she says, “There were not many people who could say that their education had been paid for with cigarettes?”
36.) Who does Liesel want to write a letter to? Be specific.
37.) What is Liesel’s birthday present to herself?
38.) Who comes to the Huberman’s house the day of the celebration for Hitler’s birthday?
39.) How is the relationship between Hans and his son? How is their relationship a parallel to Germany and its people at that time?
40.) Why does Hans slap Liesel? What do they do after the hit?
41.) Does anyone see Liesel pull the book from the fire?
Part 3:
42.) What is Hans reaction to Lielsel’s second thievery?
43.) Why does Hans go to the Nazi Party office and ask about his application and then purchase a copy of Mein Kampf?
44.) Who does Liesel think saw her take the second book from the fire?
45.) What does the mayor’s wife show Liesel and what is her reaction?
46.) What does it say about the mayor’s wife (who leads the town) that she aligns herself with Liesel, the girl she saw stealing books?
47.) What does Death reveal to us at the beginning of “Enter the Struggle?”
48.) Who is Johann Hermann? What has happened to him and how do we know?
49.) Rudy joins Liesel in her thievery but this time they are what kind of stealers? What did they steal and who from first?
50.) Rudy and Liesel share a happy moment in Nazi Germany, reminding us of the blend between lightness and darkness, what is this happy moment?
51.) What does Walter Kugler do for Max? What are some things he gives him? Why?
52.) Was Max German?
53.) Max says Mein Kampf “saves” him- how so? How is this ironic?
54.) How do we know Liesel has a sense of right and wrong and morality?
55.) Who is Arthur Berg?
56.) How do we know Liesel and Max will soon meet one another?
57.) Who is the “struggler?”
58.) Where does Max arrive at the end of Part 3?


The Book Thief PDF Version

The Book Thief / “Auschwitz Shifts From Memorializing to Teaching” Excerpts

The Book Thief Text to Text Excerpts

The Book Thief / “Auschwitz Shifts From Memorializing to Teaching” Questions

The Book Thief / “Auschwitz Shifts From Memorializing to Teaching” Questions
1. What lines in the passage from “The Book Thief” stand out most to you? Why? How do you interpret them? How would you describe Death, the narrator of this passage? Why?
2. Markus Zusak uses poetic words to describe brutal events. After reading the excerpt, do you feel this style does justice to what he is describing? Why or why not?
3. How else in your life, whether in textbooks, news accounts, novels, films or oral histories, have you encountered the information about the deaths in Auschwitz and other concentration camps that inspired this passage? Which depictions most affected you? Why?
4. According to the Times article, why might Auschwitz “no longer speak for itself” the way it did for an earlier audience? Why do those who are in charge of its legacy think “Auschwitz needs an update”? What was the goal when the site was first opened to visitors, and how has that goal changed?
5. What do you think Piotr Cywinski, the director of the museum, means when he says, “But there is another level of education, a level of awareness about the meaning of those facts. It’s not enough to cry. Empathy is noble, but it’s not enough.”
6. “The Book Thief” tells the story of the Holocaust in a very different way than the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, but both seek to engage and educate young people. How do you think the story of the Holocaust should be told to people your age? How should it not be told? Why?

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Kind regards,

Ms. Strahan

Argumentative Research Papers

Hello all! Here’s the information you need regarding your due date(s) for the research paper.

A Day Classes- Please bring your final draft (and have a digital copy accessible) to class on Thursday. We we will continue to edit during class, and you will be able to make your final revisions then. If you need extra time you can see me after school. I will stay as long as you need me to (but we can’t stay past 9). I must receive a hard copy or an emailed copy by 12AM on Friday morning. At 12:01, your paper will be considered “late.”

B Day Classes- Please bring your final draft class on Wednesday, December 10th. We will do final edits during class that day. Your paper will be due AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS on Friday, December 12.

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MLA Power Point


Notebook Check 12/8 and 12/9

*Note: Some of these first few might be in a different order for your class because of the student teacher’s lesson.


1B: Holocaust by Barbara Sonek summary

2B: Creative Free Write

3B: Analyze the Holocaust poem on the projector. Write a 1/2 page summary of the poem. Pull out any literary devices that are present and discuss.

4B: *Student teacher lesson* How would you feel if your family was in hiding for many years?

5B: Write a one pager describing a time when you were ostracized because of your religion, beliefs, race, gender, orientation, etc.

6B; Create a half page short story or poem based on Holocaust works we have read. Specifically, “The Evian Conference,” “The Voyage of St. Louis,” and “Ten Hours.”

7B:Define “thesis statement.” Write an example of one if you are making an argument about why “Phish Food” is better than “Half Baked.” (Or make an argument about something similar that you are familiar with)

Bell Ringer 8B:
Topic Question Should parents have access to their child’s social media pages?

Opinion on the

Three Reasons to Support your Opinion 1.
One Reason to Oppose your Opinion 1.

Thesis Statement

Bell Ringer 9B: Write an introduction for your argumentative paper. (How long should it be? As long as you think it should be.)

Bell Ringer 10B: Exchange Bell Ringer 9B with a partner. Write a 1/2 page response on ways they can improve their introduction as well as discussing the strengths of their introduction.

Bell Ringer 11B: Write a 1/2 page reflection on the writing process of your research paper. What did you have trouble with? What can you improve on? What do you think your strengths are? What are you most satisfied with and why?

Bell Ringer 12B: Discuss your conclusion of the paper. What are your strengths? What issues do you need to work through? 1/2 page response

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