Striped Pajamas section 2


Discussion Questions

  1. How does Boyne use indirect characterization to show that Grandmother is a candid, emotional and fearless woman?
  2. How is the inventory of Kotler’s activities on pages 95 an 96 an example of dramatic irony?
  3. When Bruno asks, “Who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore uniforms,” how does this evoke the themes of injustice and discrimination?
  4. How does Boyne use direct characterization to suggest the conditions of Shmuel’s life and how he felt about them?
  5. Why does Bruno tell Shmuel that they are “like twins,” and what theme does this scene suggest?
  6. How does Boyne use foreshadowing when Bruno suggests it’s unfair that Shmuel has dozens of friends to play with on his side of the fence?
  7. In his youthful innocence and inexperience, Bruno makes mistakes with names, calling the Polish camp where Shmuel is imprisoned “Out-With,” not Auschwitz, and referring to the Führer, or Hitler, as “the Fury.” What literary device is associated with Bruno’s mistakes?
  8. What fact about Shmuel’s story of being hauled off to “Out-With” does Bruno have difficulty believing?
  9. What happens at the dinner after Pavel spills the wine, and how was it foreshadowed?
  10. The disturbing news that Shmuel’s grandfather is missing is an example of what literary device?

WRITING ACTIVITY Why does Grandmother believe she might be to blame for the Commandant’s behavior?