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Study Guide Questions for the Play

Act I
1. Describe the setting of the Anne Frank play. What historical factors influenced or caused such a setting for the
2. The play begins and the year is 1945. What device does the author use to tell the story of Anne and her family
who were in hiding from 1942 to 1944?
3. How did life change for Anne and other Jews after the Germans invaded Holland?
4. What are a few of the "rules" that the Van Daan and Frank families must follow while hiding in the annex?
5. Describe the relationships between Anne and her mother and father. How do the relationships differ? How are
they similar?
6. Describe the relationships between Peter and his parents. Compare and contrast Peter's relationships with the
connections Anne has with her parents.
7. Anne and Peter have very different personalities. Using a Venn Diagram, map out their differences and
8. Identify the conflicts between the Van Daans and the Franks. What is the cause for most of their quarrels?
9. What effect does Dussel's arrival have on the families? On Anne?
10. What is significant about the recurring nightmares that Anne keeps having?
11. Anne does not want to follow the path of a typical woman in the 1940s. What plans does she have for her
future? What do these plans say about her character and personality?
12. How does the information (provided by Mr. Kraler, Miep and the news radio) about the outside world add to the
development of the plot?
13. Why would celebrating Hanukkah in hiding have special meaning or significance for the Franks and Van Daans
this year?
14. What effect do the gifts that Anne made for each person have on their attitude and spirit as a whole?
15. Why is Peter's cat, Mouchi, a source of conflict between him and Mr. Van Daan?
16. What event happens toward the end of Act I that causes the family to fear being discovered?
17. Describe the Hanukkah celebration.
18. What ruins it?
19. What does the disturbance downstairs turn out to be?
20. What are the suggestions some of the characters have at the end of this scene?

Study Guide Questions - Act II
1. How have the Van Daans, the Franks, and Mr. Dussel changed physically and emotionally from the start of the
play to the beginning of Act II?
2. What has happened to Mouschi, Peter's cat? What do you feel might be the possible cause of his disappearance?
3. What are Miep's responsibilities to the families in hiding? How does each member depend on Miep?
4. Mr. Van Daan asks Miep to sell his wife's fur coat. What are his motives for selling the coat? What is Mrs. Van
Daan's reaction to his request?
5. Mr. Kraler informs Mr. Frank about a worker who is attempting to blackmail him. What information does the
worker have? What does Mr. Frank recommend Mr. Kraler do about the worker?
6. What are some of Anne's frustrations with her situation? Why is she so upset about the War and her family's
decision to remain in hiding?
7. Peter and Anne are opposites in personality, but why does Peter admire Anne?
8. Mrs. Frank is frustrated about the time Anne spends with Peter. What are a few of her reasons for being
frustrated? Does Anne understand her mother's frustrations?
9. What are Margot's frustrations with Anne and Peter's relationship?
10. What would be a possible motive behind Anne's asking Peter if he likes Margot? What is she trying to discover
about Peter and his feelings for her?
11. How does Anne feel about the War?
12. Why is Mrs. Frank so upset with Mr. Van Daan at the beginning of Scene 3?
13. What causes Mr. Van Daan to steal food from the families? What effect do his actions have on the others? What
does Mrs. Van Daan state is the reason Mr. Van Daan has to steal food?
14. D-Day is a turning point in the War. What is the effect of the D-Day announcement on the families in hiding?
15. What causes Anne to finally admit that she has exhibited bad behavior towards her mother?
20. The phone ringing in the company below has a significant effect on those hiding in the annex. What tone/mood
words would best describe this effect?
21. What goal has Anne set for herself concerning her writing?
22. Describe the day the Gestapo raided the Annex. What were the individual characters reactions to the raid?
23. Why would there be sense of relief for some?
24. Why does Anne leave her diary behind?
25. How does Miep save the diary?
26. What does Mr. Frank mean when he states, "She puts me to shame" after reading Anne's diary?
27. What effect does the diary have on Mr. Frank? What became of the rest of the members in hiding?
26. At the end of the scene, Anne describes what she wants to do when she gets out. What effect does this have on
the reader?
27. How much time has passed?
28. Describe the characters at this point in the play. What has happened to their relationships?
29. Explain the significance of the following: the cake incident, the cat, the fur coat, Carl the blackmailer.
30. What does Anne think is ridiculous about her mother?
31. How has Anne and Peter’s relationship developed (how have their feelings changed for each other)?
32. How do the other characters feel about Anne and Peter’s relationship?
33. What good news does Miep bring?
34. Who feels ashamed about this news? Why do they feel ashamed?
35. What is everyone worried about at the end of this scene (as expressed in Annes diary excerpt)?
40. What does Anne mean when she tells Peter, I think myself out (p. 116)?
41. What are the differences between Peter and Anne’s outlook on life?
42. What feelings does Annes last diary entry evoke?
45. Mr. Frank tells Miep and Mr. Kraler what happened after they were discovered by the Nazis. Summarize what he
tells them.