This product features a passage from The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman followed by multiple-choice and constructed response questions. Diane Ackerman used Antonina Zabinksi's personal diary and other historical records, to develop this true account of how two people in Warsaw, Poland saved hundreds of Jewish refugees during World War II.
Students can complete this with or without prior knowledge of the novel. While my students will not have time to read the novel, they will complete this exercise during their Night/Holocaust unit.
The multiple-choice questions require higher-level thinking skills, asking students to analyze the passage for author's purpose, characterization, conflict, figurative language, etc.
The constructed response questions requires students to provide textual evidence supporting the mood of the excerpt.
A key and rubric are also provided.