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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Little White Lie (cha 1)
Bedtime Stories (cha 2)
King (cha 2)
Resistance (cha 2)
Just Jews (cha 3)
Stand (cha 3)
On the List (cha 4)
Daughter (cha 4)
Family (cha 5)
Taking Charge (cha 5)
Nazi Soldiers (cha 6)
The Ocean (cha 7)
R.I.P. Auntie (cha 8)
How Brave (cha 9)
Lies or Truth? (cha 9)
Number the Stars (cha 10)
Children (cha 11)
Waiting (cha 12)
Worries (cha 13)
Responsibility (cha 13)
Red Riding Hood (cha 14)
Lies Lies Lies (cha 15)
Scared (cha 15)
Handle It (cha 17)
Human Decency (after)
INSTRUCTIONS
• Write “Quickwrites” at the top of the page.
• On a sheet of loose leaf draw a line halfway
down by the hole, splitting your page in two.
• You have 5 minutes to write ½ a page.
• You are to choose one quickwrite to respond to
related to the chapters covered in class. Restate
the question in your answer!
• I’ll collect them when we’ve filled up a single
sheet with 4 Quickwrites.
• Full credit will be earned for ½ a page of serious
thoughts on the subject.
LITTLE WHITE LIE
CHAPTER 1
After Ellen and Annemarie are stopped by
the German soldiers, they decide they will
not tell their parents so that their parents
will not worry. Would you tell your parents
about the situation with the soldiers? Why?
Why not? Do you think that this is a serious
lie?
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BEDTIME STORIES
CHAPTER 2
Kirsti loves when her sister Annemarie tells
her bedtime stories. Do you remember a
time in your childhood when someone told
you bedtime stories? Did you have a
favorite? If so, what was it about? If not,
why not? Do you wish someone had read
more bedtime stories to you?
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KING
CHAPTER 2
Denmark has a king and Annemarie's
parents say they would die for him. Do you
think you would sacrifice your life if your
king's life was in danger? Why? Or why
not? And would it be different if your king
was a president, instead?
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RESISTANCE
CHAPTER 2
In Denmark, there are people who are
fighting back against the Nazis, only they
do it strategically in secret. Do you think
you would have been one of the secret
fighters? Or would you have been too
scared the Nazis would hurt you or your
family? Explain your reasons.
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JUST JEWS
CHAPTER 3
The Germans start ordering the Jews to
close up their shops. Nobody else. Just the
Jews. Can you think of any other group of
people who are treated poorly just because
of who they are? What do you think about
how they are treated? What do you think
about those who treat them poorly?
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STAND
CHAPTER 3
If you found out that a group of people
was being treated poorly just because of
who they are, would you risk your life to
protect them? On a scale of 1 to 100,
1=super easy and 100=hardest thing ever...
how hard would it be for you to stand on
their side? Why?
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ON THE LIST
CHAPTER 4
The Germans went into the Jewish
synagogues and took the lists of Jews and
their home addresses. How would you feel
if your friend's name was on the list? What
emotions would be rushing through you?
What about if the list had your family's
names?
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DAUGHTER
CHAPTER 4
When Ellen comes to Annemarie's house
to stay, Annemarie's dad says that he has 3
daughters again? What do you think it felt
like for him to pretend he had a new
daughter now after he had lost his oldest
years ago?
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FAMILY
CHAPTER 5
When Ellen and Annemarie are talking,
Ellen says that she would rather be
separated from her family than be dead?
What do you think about that choice?
Would you rather be separated from your
family or dead? Why?
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TAKING CHARGE
CHAPTER 5
When the Nazi soldiers wake up their
family at 4 a.m., Annemarie's dad takes
charge of the situation. What things does
he do that give a glimpse at the kind of
person he is on the inside? What kinds of
emotions, decisions, and personality does
he have?
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NAZI SOLDIERS
CHAPTER 6
Traveling on the train with their Jewish
friend Ellen to visit their uncle, the girls are
confronted by some Nazi soldiers. If you
were in their shoes, what feelings would be
going through you? What would you say?
What would you do? And what would you
say or do when your little sister started to
talk?
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THE OCEAN
CHAPTER 7
Ellen says she has never seen the ocean
before. Have you seen the ocean? Which
ocean was it? What was it like to see the
ocean for the first time? Do you remember
your first time? If not, describe a clear
memory you have of the ocean? Describe
the air and the water and the horizon and
the people. If you have never seen the
ocean, what does that feel like? Have you
wanted to? Why or why not?
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R.I.P. AUNTIE
CHAPTER 8
Uncle Henrik says Aunt Birte has died, and
her casket needs to rest in the house. But
Annemarie is suspicious. Who do you think
Aunt Birte might be? Give a couple of
ideas, then explain why you think each one.
Why do you think Henrik is calling "it"
Aunt Birte?
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HOW BRAVE
CHAPTER 9
Uncle Henrik asks Annemarie how brave
she is. Now we ask you the same question:
How brave are you? What about in the face
of Nazi soldiers? Explain . . . give proof.
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LIES OR TRUTH?
CHAPTER 9
Uncle Henrik says that he lied to
Annemarie to keep her safe. Do you think it
is OK for adults to do this, to lie to us in
order to keep us safe? What if they are
wrong and their lies will not keep us safe?
But what if we aren’t old enough or ready
to hear the truth?
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NUMBER THE STARS
CHAPTER 10
When Peter reaches for the Bible and reads
from the psalm, how do you think the
meaning of the song would have affected
the people at the house? And how does it
take on new meaning knowing that the title
of this novel is in the psalm that Peter
reads? What kind of stars could it be that
God is numbering?
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CHILDREN
CHAPTER 11
Before Peter leaves to go help the Jews
travel to Sweden, he calls Annemarie “long
legs.” Then Annemarie says that it doesn't
feel like they are children anymore. What
do you think has changed to make
Annemarie not feel like a child anymore?
Her age? The war? Her relationship with
Peter?
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WAITING
CHAPTER 12
When Annemarie is waiting in Uncle
Henrik house for mother to return from
smuggling the Jews to Sweden, she thinks
that it is harder for the people who are
waiting. Think about a time when you had
to wait . . . like really wait. A time where it
made all of your emotions in a jumble.
Describe the time and your emotions.
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WORRIES
CHAPTER 13
When Annemarie's mother was crawling
back to the house, she said all she could
think about was worrying for Annemarie
and Kirsti. Think about your parents.
When do you think they worry about you?
What worries do they have for you? Or if
you don't think they worry about you, why
not? How does thinking about their worries
for you change how you feel about them?
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RESPONSIBILITY
CHAPTER 13
Annemarie is given a very great
responsibility to carry this secret package
to her Uncle Henrik. Can you remember a
time when you were given a great
responsibility? Or maybe your older
brother or sister was given the great
responsibility? What made it so great? And
how did you feel about being the one who
had to do it?
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RED RIDING HOOD
CHAPTER 14
While Annemarie is traveling to deliver the
package, why do you think she gets
absorbed in the memory of the story of
“Little Red Riding Hood”? What are her
emotions while traveling? And how does
this story of “Little Red Riding Hood”
connect with her emotions and situation?
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LIES LIES LIES
CHAPTER 15
Is it wrong to lie? What if it is just a small
lie? A big one? What if the lie is to a group
of German soldiers like when Annemarie
told her lie? What makes one lie more
wrong than another lie?
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SCARED
CHAPTER 15
What is the most scared you ever been?
What were you doing? Why were you
scared? Do you think you could have just
changed your mind about your fear – the
way Annemarie did – and acted a different
way besides scared? Why or why not?
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HANDLE IT
CHAPTER 17
How do you feel about Annemarie's
parents lying to her about her sister Lise’s
death? Was she too young to know the
truth? Do you think your parents should
tell you stuff that is so serious? Why do you
think you are ready to handle it? Don’t
parents know better about what you’re
ready to handle?
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HUMAN DECENCY
AFTERWARD
Write your thoughts about this soldier’s words:
“. . . and I want you all to remember – that you
must not dream yourselves back to the times
before the war, but the dream for you all, young
and old, must be to create an ideal of human
decency, and not a narrow-minded and prejudiced
one. That is the great gift our country hungers for,
something every little peasant boy can look
forward to, and with pleasure feel he is a part of –
something he can work and fight for.”
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