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Investigate, Inquire, and Imagine


1a. After the Franks and Van Daans have been in hiding for a while, Mr. Kraler approaches them with a request. What request does Mr. Kraler make of the families? How do different real-life characters react to the request?

2a. What happens while the families are celebrating the first night of Hanukkah?


1b. Why, despite the already cramped quarters and limited food supply, do the two families accept Mr. Dussel into their hiding place?

2b. What effect does this occurrence have on their emotional states?


3a. Analyze the relationship between Anne and her mother. How would you describe it? Find examples from the play that support your answer. Analyze the general relationship Anne has with the others in hiding. How would you describe Anne's interaction with the others? Find examples from the play that support your answer.


3b. How do Anne's interactions with her mother and the others in hiding give insight into the real-life character of Anne Frank? List five words that you think describe Anne's personality.


4a. Choose two characters from the play, and determine to what degree each character allows his or her circumstances to affect his or her personality and behavior. To what degree does each character maintain a sense of freedom? Explain.


4b. What are some of the actions and behaviors the real-life characters in the play rely on to deal with their circumstances? What conclusions might you draw about people in general from the actions and behaviors the real-life characters in the play exhibit?

Understanding Literature

Dialogue. Choose two real-life characters from the play and collect several examples of dialogue that reflect the personality or character of each. Using those examples—and others if necessary—compare and contrast the characters and their views on such things as being forced into hiding, religion, and the future.

Do you think the dialogue in this play is believable? Why, or why not?

Skill Builders


Matching. Choose the answer that best defines each of the following words.

1. grave

2. vile

3. extravagant

4. mimic

5. satchel

6. scoffing

7. improvise

8. sparse

9. conspicuous

10. pantomime

11. quarrel

12. meticulous

13. intolerable

14. indignant

15. gratitude

Language, Grammar, and Style

Functions of a Sentence. Four different kinds of sentences express four different kinds of complete thoughts.

  • A declarative sentence gives facts. It ends with a period.
  • An interrogative sentence asks a question. It ends with a question mark.
  • An imperative sentence gives orders or makes a request. It ends with a period or exclamation point.
  • An exclamatory sentence expresses strong feeling. It ends with an exclamation point.

Label each sentence below declarative, interrogative, imperative, or exclamatory sentences.

1. Did you take out the garbage?

2. Kick the ball!

3. I'm leaving at noon.

4. I studied all night.

5. My grandma is moving to Utah.

6. Read the short story carefully.

7. Are you awake?

8. I feel ill!

9. Does the movie start at eight?

10. The computer bombed!

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