Reading Comprehension Questions: The Book Thief
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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)?
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?
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?
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?