Read scenes 1 and 2 of the play titled The Diary of Anne Frank Scrapbook on pp. 126-144 of your Holt Reader. What you’ll read is only the beginning of Anne’s experience in the secret annex where her family hid for over two years. And, actually the play begins after the war with Otto Frank coming back to the Amsterdam office building after being the only Holocaust survivor in the family. It is there where Miep Gies gives him Anne’s diary and he begins reading, resulting in a flashback the “beginning”.
Remember that the play is a dramitization of the events, so all that happens is not completely factually accurate. Playwrites Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett do a masterful job of exploring the various themes, or truths about life, in this play while holding to many of the events and experiences oultined in Anne’s own diary. To confine the play to a stage and two-hour time frame, however, requires them to takes some liberties.
As you read, pause at the prompts in the margins. Respond to the prompts by commenting to this blog post. I am only requiring you respond to prompts I’ve listed below. Make sure you write in complete sentences and include all responses in one comment. In other words, complete the entire assignment before submitting it for my approval. Here are the prompts:
1. INFER (p. 129) Pause at line 45. Why might the sight of the glove cause Mr. Frank to cry?
2. INFER2 (p. 130) What inference can you make about why Mr. Frank might want the papers burned (line 81)?
3. INFER (p. 131) Why does the Frank family go into hiding (line 116)?
4. COMPARE & CONTRAST (p. 132) Compare the description of the rooms here, in 1942 (lines 128-129), with their descirption in 1945 at the beginning of the play (lines 1-27). How has the appearance of the rooms changed?
5. COMPARE & CONTRAST (p. 133) Compare this description of Mr. Frank, in 1942 (lines 156-159), with the description of him at the beginning of the play, in 1945. How have those three years changed him?
6. INFER (p. 133) Re-read lines 174-177. Notice how the description of Anne helps to reveal her character. List three adjectives that describe your first impression of her.
7. CLARIFY (p. 134) Miep and Mr. Kraler are helping the Franks settle in. How do Miep and Mr. Kraler know the Franks? (Look at the list of characters on page 127 for help.)
8. INFER (p. 136) Why are the characters wearing so many layers of clothing (lines 240-248)?
9. INTERPRET (p. 137) Why is the group silent after Mr. Frank’s speech (line 277)?
10. INTERPRET (p. 138) Re-read lines 311-312. Do you think Anne slept well because she’s too young to understand the danger she’s in? What do you learn about her character from this statement?
11. MAKE A GENERALIZATION (p. 139) Re-read Anne and Peter’s conversation in lines 334-361. What does this dialogue tell you about how teenagers interact?
12. COMPARE & CONTRAST (p. 140) Pause at line 365. Describe ways in which Peter’s personality is different from Anne’s.
13. INFER (p. 141) Pause at line 392. Why did the Nazis force Jews to wear the Star of David? What does the Star of David mean to Anne?
14. INTERPRET (p. 143) What does Mr. Frank mean in lines 455-456 when he says “There are no walls, there are no bolts, no locks that anyone can put on your mind”?
15. INTERPRET (p. 144) Describe how Anne is adjusting to life in hiding. Base your answer on the diary entry in lines 498-516.
As always, do your personal best!!