An introductory WWII novel, Boy at the Top of the Mountain follows the development of an orphaned boy who finds himself under the care of his aunt, a housekeeper employed at Hitler's vacation home-turned-headquarters, the Berghof. Readers will consider the reasons behind Pierrot's choice to ingratiate himself with the Nazi party as they follow his story from 1936 to 1945 - from innocence to guilt* to a chance at redemption.
This packet contains twelve study guides, created in a range of formats to aid and assess comprehension of the novel by **chapter, and twelve answer keys. In addition to finding textual evidence through close reading, students will practice a variety of skills, including summarizing, paraphrasing, ordering events, comparing & contrasting, determining cause & effect, understanding foreshadowing/symbolism, and making inferences regarding characterization, author's purpose, and theme.
*Use discretion with younger middle school students; the climax of the novel involves a short description of a teenager attempting to force himself on another (Chapter 12).
**The novel contains fourteen chapters; chapters 4/5 and chapters 6/7 are compressed into a single study guide.
Several questions requiring especially challenging inferences are labeled on the answer keys in red; teachers can adjust process or product as necessary.
Best Wishes to you and your readers as they consider universal themes and broaden their knowledge of history!
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