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1. Why do Bruno and Gretel have a difficult time understanding what’s really going on at Out-With?

2. Why does Mother take credit for treating Bruno’s wounds after his fall from the tire swing, and what does this action suggest about her character?

3. What role does Bruno’s fascination with adventure stories play in his relationship with Shmuel?

4. In Chapter 5, Father asks Bruno: “Do you think that I would have made such a success of my life if I hadn’t learned when to argue and when to keep my mouth shut and follow orders?” Does Father still consider his life successful at the end of the novel?

5. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is subtitled “a fable”— a short tale intended to impart a moral lesson. What moral lesson do you think this fable imparts?