A companion novel to Boy in the Striped Pajamas, 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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