A Series of Unfortunate Events #2: The Reptile Room

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Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.

In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odour.

In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.

Ages 10+

Curriculet Details
29 Questions
33 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining the difference between various snakes and reptiles, prosthetic hands, and the Trojan Horse. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about dramatic irony and flashbacks. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of diction, structure, and character development. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Here is a map of all the important spots in Lemony Snicket's stories.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does the language and information in this sentence tell the reader about the narrator's point of view? 
The caduceus is a medical symbol. The stick is actually a staff that was carried by the Olympian god Hermes. In Greek mythology, Hermes was a messenger between the gods and humans (which explains the wings) and a guide to the underworld (which explains the staff). Hermes was also the patron of travelers, which makes his connection to medicine appropriate because, in the olden days, doctors had to travel great distances by foot in order to visit their patients. The Greeks regarded snakes as sacred and used them in healing rituals to honor Asclepius, as snake venom was thought to be remedial and their skin-shedding was viewed as a symbol of rebirth and renewal.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does this introduction and the information from Mr. Poe tell you about Uncle Monty? 


The Republic of Peru is a country in South America. It is bordered in the north by Ecuador and Colombia, in the east by Brazil, in the southeast by Bolivia, in the south by Chile, and in the west by the Pacific Ocean. The main spoken language is Spanish, although a significant number of Peruvians speak Quechua or other native languages. This mixture of cultural traditions has resulted in a wide diversity of expressions in fields such as art, cuisine, literature, and music.  (This annotation contains an image)
This speech is an example of what? 
This is a video of the Reptile Room at the San Diego Zoo.  (This annotation contains a video)
What are these sentences an example of? 


The Eastern Indigo Snake sounds a lot like the description of the Incredibly Deadly Viper, which is the largest snake in the United States. It reaches up to 8.6 feet in length and 10 pounds in weight. This bluish-black snake often has some orange-red pigment on the chin and neck. They frequently shelter in tortoise burrows, and have territories encompassing hundreds of acres. Indigo snakes are docile, virtually never biting people, but are powerful predators known to consume small turtles, rats, frogs, cottonmouths, and rattlesnakes. (This annotation contains an image)
What does this paragraph lead you to think will happen in the Reptile Room as part of the plot of this story? 
All of the these reptiles do not exist in real life. Like the Incredibly Deadly Viper, they are based on similar reptiles but given strange characteristics.  
How has the narrator tried to make you feel about the character Stephano before meeting him in the story? 
This snake shaped hedge in Shanghi was designed to celebrate the year of the Snake. (This annotation contains an image)


Here is movie version of A Series of Unfortunate Events portraying this scene. (This annotation contains a video)
How is the scene of Stephano/Count Olaf meeting the children different in the story than it is in the movie version you just saw? 
Here is an illustration of Count Olaf, the theater troupe, and the Baudelaire children dressed for the play The Marvelous Marriage. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the narrator chose to spend this paragraph discussing what it means to wait? 
A canoe is a long boat you paddle to move along the water. It is difficult to carry or paddle with just one person.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 1 


A pendulum is a weight suspended from a pivot so that it can swing freely. When a pendulum is displaced sideways from its resting position, it is subject to a restoring force due to gravity that will accelerate it back toward the resting position. When released, the restoring force combined with the pendulum's mass causes it to oscillate about the equilibrium position, swinging back and forth. The time for one complete cycle, a left swing and a right swing, is called the period. The period depends on the length of the pendulum and also on the amplitude of the oscillation. This is how a grandfather clock tells the time.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Sunny get a carrot to eat for breakfast? 
The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles is the largest international herpetological society and is recognized worldwide for having the most diverse program of publications, meetings, and other activities.  (This annotation contains a link)
What does the word "bambini" mean? 
You learned about dramatic irony earlier in the story. This video will help refresh your memory.  (This annotation contains a video)
How has dramatic irony featured in Chapter Five? 


May Day on May 1 is an ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. May Day coincides with International Workers' Day, and in many countries that celebrate the latter, it may be referred to as "May Day".  (This annotation contains an image)
In this section, what is the response the narrator's words are supposed to create in the reader? 
Here is a video of Uncle Monty singing a song to the children with his snake Petunia. (This annotation contains a video)


What is it called when you give inanimate objects human characteristics, like Stephano gives his knife in this passage?  
Zombies in the Snow is not a real movie, but the idea is similar to another movie made recently called Dead Snow.  (This annotation contains an image)
What theme does this speech from Stephano discuss? 
Horseradish grows as a root. The intact horseradish root has hardly any aroma. When cut or grated, however, enzymes from the now-broken plant cells break down sinigrin to produce mustard oil, which irritates the mucous membranes of the sinuses and eyes. (This annotation contains an image)
What central idea does this statement from Mr. Poe touch upon? 
Count Olaf is an actor who plays many roles in the theater and when trying to deceive others. In the movie A Series of Unfortunate Events, Jim Carrey plays Count Olaf and Stephano.  (This annotation contains a video)
Without the tattoo, how could the children prove who Stephano really is to Mr. Poe in time? 


Stephano has found a way to cover his tattoo or has removed it. Many people get tattoos on their ankle because they are easy to hide.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Mr. Poe ask this question? 
An autopsy — also known as a post-mortem examination, is a highly specialized surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. It is usually performed by a specialized medical doctor called a pathologist. (This annotation contains an image)
What is a more logical conclusion for how the poisonous snake was released and returned to its cage? 
Often, a prosthetic hand looks odd when compared with a regular hand.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 


The Mamba du Mal is not a real snake, but it is based on a real one. Mamba is a genus which comprises four species, all of which are highly venomous, fast-moving land-dwelling snakes of Africa. They are feared throughout their ranges, especially the black mamba. In Africa, there are many legends and stories describing these snakes.  (This annotation contains an image)
There is a literary term for what phrases like "meanwhile, back at the ranch" do in a story. What is it? 
Mucus is something everyone has, and some people wish they had a lot less of the stringy, gooey stuff. It is also called by other names, like snot and phlegm.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do the adults continue to argue so long about how everyone is going to leave?  
This sentence is an example of a flashback. They feature often in book series. (This annotation contains a video)
How will Klaus creating a distraction help Violet in her scheme? 
The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win the conflict. The Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, decisively ending the war. (This annotation contains an image)


The phrases "as dark as a coal mine" and "as thick as a sewer pipe" are examples of what literary term? 
Marble is a natural stone and comes in various colors. It is usually very shiny and smooth when used in homes. (This annotation contains an image)
Why would Dr. Lucafont call Stephano his boss? 
Some belly dancers perform their dances with their pet snakes wrapped around their dancing bodies.  (This annotation contains an image)


Locksmiths are people who pick locks as a career. They have an extensive set of tools that help them open any lock they might be asked to help open. Below is a set of tools some locksmiths use. (This annotation contains an image)
What literary term does the narrator describe with his words in this passage?   
The phrase "needle in a haystack" is also a known cliche. A cliche is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning, or effect, and even, to the point of being trite or irritating. (This annotation contains an image)


What literary term describes the phrase "meanwhile, back at the ranch"? 
Snakes that have strangulatory grips are known as constrictors. Some constrictor snakes grow large enough they can squeeze humans to death, but most are way too small to harm you. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Peru? Where is it located? 

CHAPTER Thirteen

This passage is an example of what literary term? 
Jeep is a brand of American automobiles. They were first used as military vehicles. Different models of jeeps are used by civilians. Some military models are still found on Army and Airforce bases. The one pictured below is a vintage World War II model military jeep. (This annotation contains an image)
Why would Mr. Poe let Count Olaf and the hook handed man get away? 
An overall is a type of garment which is usually used as protective clothing when working.  (This annotation contains an image)
Is the word "wrong" the best word for the emotions the children are experiencing in the passage? What other words might fit better? 
A full moon is the lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is completely illuminated as seen from the Earth. This occurs when the Moon is in opposition with the Sun. It usually only happens once a month, but can sometimes happen twice in the same calendar month. When this happens, the second full moon is called a Blue Moon.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 3