5. What is the Hitler Youth? 6. Which client does Rosa detest the most? What happens when she sends Liesel to the client’s door? 7. Explain the relationship between Frau Holtzapfel and Rosa Hubermann. “The Kiss (A Childhood Maker)” (pg 46-55) 1. How are the friendships between children made on Himmel Street? 2. Briefly describe the “Jesse Owens” incident? 3. Who introduces Liesel to the “secrets” of the neighbors? What sort of information does Liesel discover? 4. What is Schiller Strasse? “The Jesse Owens Incident” (pg 56-61) 1. Who is Jesse Owens? 4
2. Why does Alex Steiner reprimand Rudy for “the Jesse Owen Incident”? 3. How does Mr. Steiner feel about the beliefs of the Nazi party? 4. What is Rudy’s father trying to make Rudy understand when he tells Rudy that he should be happy he was born with blonde hair & blue eyes? 5. What is the significance of the event Death foreshadows at the end of the chapter? “The Other Side of Sandpaper” (Pg 62-68) 1. What important number does Death provide with regard to the Germans’ support of Hitler? 2. How does Hans fit into this statistic? 3. Why is the sandpaper useful? “The Smell of Friendship” (pg 69-72) 1. Where does Papa take Liesel for reading lessons? How does he get Mama to agree? 2. Where do Papa & Liesel work on reading most often at home? Why? 3. What elements blend together to create the “Smell of Friendship” for Liesel? Why do you think Liesel finds the smell so appealing yet Rosa so offensive? “The Heavyweight Champion of the School Yard” (pg 73-80) 1. Why does Death’s workload increase in September 1939? 2. What piece of news arrives at the Hubermann household? How does Papa react? 3. What change does Liesel experience in school? Why? 4. What event in the classroom sets Liesel up for antagonism in the school yard? 5
5. Why does Liesel attack Ludwig & Tommy? 6. Why is Liesel overcome with emotion? How does Rudy respond? 6
Part Two Summary : A GIRL MADE OF DARKNESS Death explains that Liesel Meminger will steal her second book, The Shoulder Shrug , from a book burning on Hitler's birthday and hints at many of the events that follow. Death remarks that Nazi Germany was built in particular on burning: synagogues, houses, Reichstags, and books. THE JOY OF CIGARETTES In late 1939 Liesel, despite having nightmares about her dead brother still, has settled into life in Molching. She loves her foster parents Hans and Rosa, her best friend is Rudy Steiner , and her reading and writing is improving. In December Hans finishes reading The Grave Digger's Handbook to Liesel. On Christmas, the Hubermanns' adult children Hans Junior and Trudy visit, and Liesel, not expecting to get anything at all because of the family's lack of money, receives two books: Faust the Dog and The Lighthouse , the latter written by a woman. Hans traded his precious cigarette rations for them.
- Spring '18