Fantastic Mr. Fox
Mr. Fox is surrounded, and hes going to have to come up with a truly fantastic plan to dig himself out of trouble this time.
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1. The Three Farmers
Although Fantastic Mr. Fox is a modern story written by Roald Dahl, it shares many characteristics of folk literature. Read about several types of folk literature. (This annotation contains a link)
Why is Farmer Boggis so fat?
Quentin Blake drew the illustrations for Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. Listen to his BBC interview where he talks about how he draws. He states that his style is more of a caricature of the characters. Notice how Quentin Blake exaggerates features in his drawings. (This annotation contains a link)
This little ditty about the three farmers takes a poetic form which has five lines with a distinct rhythm. This poem is an example of a ____.
Which farmer is the smartest?
2. Mr. Fox
From whose point of view is this story being told?
Throughout the story Fantastic Mr. Fox, you will be asked questions which will require you to cite textual evidence and draw inferences. Watch this video to better understand textual evidence. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Mr. Fox steal from the farmers?
A blighter is a slang British term for a person you hold in contempt. It also means a scoundrel or rascal. (This annotation contains a link)
What do the farmers plan to do to Mr. Fox?
3. The Shooting
Foxes have a very refined sense of smell. Did you know that there are over 200 million scent receptors in a fox's nose? Read this article to learn more about a fox's sense of smell. (This annotation contains a link)
Why is Mr. Fox careful when he comes out of his hole?
Describing Mr. Fox as "quick as a whip" is using an idiom. An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the literal meaning of its words, but that has a separate meaning of its own. To say Mr. Fox is "quick as a whip" is saying he is very quick. Watch this video to learn more about idioms. (This annotation contains a video)
Since the farmers will not wait for Mr. Fox to come out, but decide to dig him out, this shows that they are not simply mean, they are also _________.
4. The Terrible Shovels
Besides the pain in his tail, what is another reason Mr. Fox couldn't sleep?
Foxes can dig quickly and efficiently. Watch this video to see how a red fox digs. (This annotation contains a video)
Mr. Fox loves Mrs. Fox. How does he show that he loves her?
5. The Terrible Tractors
Personification is a literary device in which a thing, idea or animal is given human attributes. Observe how Roald Dahl uses personification. (This annotation contains a link)
These big machines are also called excavators. Look how quickly an excavator can dig a deep hole. Why might this be trouble for Mr. Fox and his family? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the sentences used to describe the tractors demonstrate personification?
6. The Race
How is the digging of the machines and the digging of the foxes like a race?
When an author compares two unlike things with the words 'like' or 'as', they are using a literary element called a simile. When an author makes a direct comparison between two unlike objects, the literary device is called a metaphor. (This annotation contains a video)
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Chapters 1-6
The crowd that comes to see the massive crater think that the farmers are ____________.
7. “We’ll Never Let Him Go”
"Never never never!" indicates that the farmers are ____.
Another characteristic of folk literature is having flat or static characters. Who in this story is static? Are any of the characters dynamic? (This annotation contains a video)
Why did the farmers send messages down to their farms asking for tents, sleeping bags and supper?
8. The Foxes Begin to Starve
Have you noticed that the number three shows up a lot in Fantastic Mr. Fox? This is not a coincidence. The rule of three is a literary element that is evident in folktales and storytelling. Read this blog to understand why the number three is so magical. (This annotation contains a link)
Why does Farmer Boggis hold the chicken close to Mr. Fox's hole?
Why does Farmer Bean always have interesting things coming out of his ears?
9. Mr. Fox Has a Plan
What literary element of folk tales is being used in this sentence?
Roald Dahl uses both tone and mood to create tension in this part of the story. Watch this video to learn the difference between tone and mood. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the mood of the story when the four Small Foxes offer to help their father dig?
10. Boggis’s Chicken House Number One
Hyperbole is a type of figurative language where exaggeration is used to create a strong effect. With hyperbole, the notion of the speaker is greatly exaggerated to emphasize the point. When Mr. Fox says his children would go crazy with excitement, he does not mean that they will literally go crazy. (This annotation contains a link)
Which phrase from this chapter is an example of a hyperbole?
Based upon what you know about Mr. Fox's cleverness, predict what Mr. Fox is going to do next.
11. A Surprise for Mrs. Fox
The picture used to illustrate this scene shows a change in mood from hopelessness to _____.
To say that the next task will be "as easy as pie" is using which literary device?
"Churgle" is not a real word. It was invented by the author to enhance a tone of happiness and silliness. It is probably a combination of the words chuckle and gurgle.
How did Badger find Mr. Fox?
How are Mr. Fox, Badger, Weasel, and Mole all alike?
Fantastic Mr. Fox, Chapters 7-12
13. Bunce’s Giant Storehouse
The plot of Fantastic Mr. Fox has taken several turning points but has not yet reached its climax. We still don't know what is happening to the farmers. Watch this video to get a better understanding of turning points and the climax of a story. (This annotation contains a video)
Farmer Bunce was a duck and goose farmer, but he probably also produced _________ on his farm?
Mr. Fox stops everyone from taking the food they want. What does this indicate about his character?
The highlighted phrase is an example of which literary device?
14. Badger Has Doubts
In many folk stories, characters make mistakes on their third attempt. Watch The Three Billy Goats Gruff and learn how the third time was not the charm for the Ogre. Is Badger's worry justified? (This annotation contains a link)
Why is Badger worried about what Mr. Fox and he are doing?
What prize possession is probably stored in Farmer Bean's underground room?
15. Bean’s Secret Cider Cellar
Roald Dahl is describing hard cider. Hard cider is an alcoholic beverage. (This annotation contains an image)
When Badger compares the cider to melted gold, he is using what literary device?
Having someone come down the steps creates a mood of ____.
16. The Woman
Who does Mabel want killed?
How did Mr. Fox and Badger escape danger?
The idiom '"to rat someone out" means to betray someone to the authorities. Rats often have negative characteristics in literature. How does Rat live up to his name? (This annotation contains a link)
17. The Great Feast
Why does Roald Dahl choose Mr. Fox and Badger to sing limericks on their way back to Mr. Fox's hole?
Why didn't Mrs. Fox and the others wait for Mr. Fox and Badger to return before eating.
How has Fantastic Mr. Fox become a hero?
18. Still Waiting
Fantastic Mr. Fox was made into a feature length film by 20th Century Fox Studios in 2009. It is based on the book by Roald Dahl. Watch the trailer and compare what you see with the actual story. What changes did the filmmakers make when producing this movie? (This annotation contains a video)
Fantastic Mr. Fox - Chapters 13-18