what is the secret desire of a young boy's heart?
the secret desire of a young boy's heart is to be a hero
how does the author describe adversity and sorrow?
it is often a hard road-a road hedged in with the thorns of adversity and strewn with the blood-red flowers of sorrow
what is the setting of the novel?
the setting in in Poland in the beginning of World War II
describe Rudi's mother and father
Rudi's mother was Swedish. She died of a disease when Rudi was very young. Rudi's father was a strong figure and a good dad. He was a doctor and a Jew
what did Rudi inherit from each parent?
Rudi inherited Swedish looks from the mom and he father's stature
why are those characteristics?
Rudi wasn't in as much danger because he looked Swedish because Swedish don't look like Jews
who is Rudi best friend?
Rudi's best friend was Salek
according to his friend, what was happening to the German Jews?
the German Jews were being persecuted
why would Rudi and his dad stand a better chance than others if the Nazi's invaded Poland?
Rudi and his dad would stand a better chance than others because they believe in the same God as Hitler
what kind of school does Selak attend?
Salek attends Jewish school
why is it so ironic that Salek's father chose that particular school for his son?
Salek's father chose Salek that school because he didn't like Christian-Jews
why was school being dismissed indefinitely?
school was being dismissed because the Nazis were going to attack Warsaw
who were the Tartars?
the Tartars were Barbarian Soldiers
what is a battering ram?
a battering ram is a log type thing that is use to push down walls
why did the trumpeter stay in the tower?
the trumpeter stayed in the tower because he made an oath to watch over the city
what happened to the trumpeter?
the trumpeter was shot to death
why did the teacher read the story to the students?
the teacher read the story so the students will be more loyal to their country
"for the song still lives in the heart of every noble Polish patriot." what does this quote mean?
this quote means that the Polish are loyal to their country
why did Rudi feel like a coward?
Rudi felt like a coward because he thought that he was the only one afraid
do you think Rudi is a coward? why or why not?
no, because he was brave
how did Rudi's mom insure that he would"know" her, even though she was dying when he was very young?
Rudi's mom wrote letters to him that he is supposed to receive on every birthday
why were the boys helping dig trenches at the edge of town?
the boys were helping because so they can slow down the troops that were going to attack
what were Jacob Kaplan's and Eyrk Serdusek's professions?
Jacob Kaplan was a doctor and Eyrk was a lawyer
what did the air raid signal mean?
the air raid signal meant the city was being attacked
why did Salek ask Rudi not to tell his father that he was afraid?
Salek did not want Rudi to tell his father because he didn't want his father to know that he was afraid
what did Rudi's father ask to do?
Rudi's father ask him to get blankets
how was the little girl injured?
the litttle girl was injured because she got shot
what did Rudi do to help
Rudi helped her by talking to her and putting a blanket over her body
what has fallen?
the whole country of Polland
what does this mean for the country?
Hitler is now in control of the country
whose hands are they in, according to Rudi's father?
they're in God's hands
why is there a food shortage?
German's weren't giving any food and the stores were all shut down
what did the Germans ask for from the Jewish Council?
they ask for a list that contained all of the Jewish people
why did the Germans want it?
they wanted to take all the Jews to concentration camp
what did the Germans demand before they marched into Warsaw?
they wanted to be noticed
what must everyone turn in to he Germans? why?
they must turn in their radios so they won't have get information from anyone else
how did Rudi describe some of the German soldiers?
unfeeling people, so white they looked like stone
what realization did Rudi have at the end of chapter 5?
nothing is ever going to be the same
how did dr. kaplan prepare to leave his apartment?
he put stuff in his jackets and clothing
why didnt the Germans want the Serdusek's home
they live in all Jewish neighbor neighborhood
what does dr. kaplan say is the real reason for Hitler's devilish actions?
what mistake in Rudi's thinking does dr. kaplan correct?
Rudi thinks that Hitler evil but dr. kaplan corrected him saying that anyone could end up like him
what does the Bible say will happen to those that are prideful?
they're gonna fall and realize that they have nothing
where will Rudi and his father live now?
in an abandoned old office building