1. Prediction: Annemarie figures out that there is no Great-Aunt Birte. Why do you think the living room is being prepared for a funeral? What do you think will really take place there? What is in the casket?
2. Why did Uncle Henrik and Mama lie to Annemarie about Great-Aunt Birte? (Think about this carefully since this is ONE of the MAJOR THEMES of the BOOK!)
3. Mama stopped the German officer from opening the casket by telling him her Great-Aunt Birte died of a contagious disease typhus. What does this tell you about her character?