The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Dorothy is a young girl who lives on a Kansas farm with her Uncle Henry, Aunt Em, and little dog Toto. One day the farmhouse, with Dorothy inside, is caught up in a tornado and deposited in a field in the country of the Munchkins. The falling house kills the Wicked Witch of the East. (From feedbooks.com)
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Chapter 1 - The Cyclone
Did you know The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was published over 100 years ago? Written in 1900 by Frank Baum, this story has remained a classic and has been adapted into Broadway and film performances. As you read, think about what makes this book so successful. (This annotation contains an image)
What can you infer about life on the farm based on the descriptions of both Aunt Em and Uncle Henry?
What pops into your head when someone or something is described as "gray"? Notice the repeated use of the color in this chapter. How does this help convey the mood to the reader? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 2 - The Council with the Munchkins
Watch the film version of Dorothy leaving the house before you answer the next content question. (This annotation contains a video)
How does the film version of this scene affect your understanding of how color is used to convey mood and tone? Use specific examples to support your response.
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
What purpose does the Witch have in giving Dorothy this gift?
The story is being told in third person point of view. This means you are reading the story from the perspective of the narrator instead of the main character. Why do you think the author chose to use third person instead of first or second?
Chapter 3 - How Dorothy Saved the Scarecrow
Use the Define feature and look up the meaning of soberly. What is uncharacteristic of Toto in this description?
Notice how color has taken a new meaning in this scene. Do you think Dorothy's dress helped the Munchkins decide to like her? What other roles is color playing in the story so far?
Watch the film version of Dorothy meeting the Scarecrow. How are the two versions similar? Do you notice any changes? (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following statements best represents the reason that the Scarecrow wants to join Dorothy?
Chapter 4 - The Road Through the Forest
The Scarecrow's lack of brains isn't completely negative. Notice how he is able to laugh at his mishaps and be an enjoyable companion for Dorothy.
Think of this sentence as a seed. This idea will grow and develop through Dorothy's motivation to return home and the obstacles she will face along the way. Keep track of how this idea will blossom into an important theme.
Compare the Scarecrow's statement to Dorothy's comment about returning home. How do the two ideas contribute to the plot development?
Chapter 5 - The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
What can you infer about Dorothy based on her reactions to both the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman?
Stop and think about why the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow are going to visit Oz. What purpose does the author have in using heart and mind as motivators for these characters? (This annotation contains an image)
How did the Wicked Witch finally achieve success in cursing the Tin Woodman?
Chapter 6 - The Cowardly Lion
How do you think the Good Witch's kiss will protect Dorothy? Do you think the group will be powerful enough to stay safe?
Explain how Dorothy demonstrates the traits her companions desire. Give examples of how she acts with courage, heart and intelligence. Use evidence from the text to support your response.
The Lion has no courage, yet he has the physical characteristics of a fearsome creature. This is an example of irony because the Lion is expected to be fierce, but he is actually frightened of everything. (This annotation contains an image)
The Tin Woodman's effort to be nice demonstrates heart, but he doesn't see the connection. How does this relate to the development of "Believing in yourself" as a theme?
Chapter 7 - The Journey to the Great Oz
Can you visualize the Cowardly Lion huffing and puffing? Comparing the Lion to a panting dog is an example of a simile. Watch the clip below to learn more! (This annotation contains a video)
What is ironic about the role the Scarecrow played for the group in Chapter 7 compared to the other chapters?
Chapter 8 - The Deadly Poppy Field
Have you been reading the chapter titles? You should be! The chapter titles hint at plot developments and offer clues to the reader. What obstacles do you think the group is about to face?
Explain how the Lion's decision to help the Scarecrow demonstrates courage. Do you think the Lion recognizes his bravery?
Pretty, aren't they? Notice the vivid description of the flowers. Not only can you imagine what they look like, but you can imagine what they smell like too. This type of description is called imagery. Imagery connects the scene to the reader's senses. (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think the group would continue to Emerald City if something happened to Dorothy? Keep track of how their reasons for traveling to Oz are influenced by the obstacles they face and the friendship being forged.
Chapters 1-8 Quiz
Chapter 9 - The Queen of the Field Mice
"Its red eyes glowed like balls of fire," is an example of which literary device?
Notice how the Scarecrow's first instinct is to save the Lion. The Scarecrow does not realize that he is coming up with great ideas because he is too busy thinking about thinking!
Explain how being a coward is helping the Lion be rescued. Do you think the outcome would have been different if the Lion was brave? Support your response with evidence from the text.
Chapter 10 - The Guardian of the Gate
What can you infer about the Lion's idea of courage based on the highlighted text?
Keep track of this idea. What do you think Dorothy will see when she meets Oz? Why do you think his appearance changes with each person?
If Dorothy was home in Kansas it wouldn't be odd that Toto can't speak. Since arriving in Oz, lots of strange, magical things have happened to Dorothy. These are characteristics of which genre? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 11 - The Wonderful City of Oz
How are the City of Oz and Dorothy's farm similar? How are they different? Use specific examples to support your response.
Doesn't it seem strange that no one has ever met Oz? What reason would Oz have in creating so many rules?
What can you infer about Oz based on his interest in Dorothy's shoes and forehead mark?
Are you surprised that Oz wants something in return? This statement reveals a lot about how Oz runs the city and clues in readers to the wizard's motivation to help others.
What purpose does Oz have in changing shape and presenting himself in different forms?
How is the Lion's courage related to knowing the forms of the wizard his friends have seen?
How might have the Lion reacted if he saw the monster instead of the Ball of Fire? Would the Scarecrow have stayed to listen if he was presented with the flame?
Chapter 12 - The Search for the Wicked Witch
What can you infer is the reason that the color is gone from Dorothy's dress and Toto's ribbon? Use evidence from the text to support your response.
Notice that the Scarecrow says the battle is his. Both the Woodman and Scarecrow are able to make use of their skills to save the group.
This scene reveals a lot about the power protecting Dorothy and the quiet influence it has on her journey. How might this encounter be different if Dorothy had never met the Good Witch?
How is Dorothy's innocence related to the idea that the "power of good is greater than the power of evil?" What can you conclude about the Good Witch's motivation in giving Dorothy such powerful gifts?
Notice the intensity of the Witch's fear and the conflict it creates. Why do you think this fear is more powerful than Dorothy's forehead mark or slippers?
What does the Witch assume about Dorothy?
Chapter 13 - The Rescue
Do you know what the word "solder" means? When you come across new words in a reading, don't skip them and move on. Try looking at context clues to figure out the meanings of unfamiliar words. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on context clues, readers know that the Woodman is not _______ about the patches because he was not vain.
Did you know that repetition of a number is an element of a fairy tale? Where else have you seen the number three mentioned in this story?
Chapter 14 - The Winged Monkeys
Explain how getting lost has affected the group's motivation to return to the Emerald City. Do you think their view would be different if they possessed the characteristics they are seeking from Oz? Explain your response.
What do you think causes the princess to react so severely to Gayelette being dumped in the river? Is this behavior unusual or expected? Support your response with evidence from the text.
The Cap is useful to Dorothy and her group but what implications does it hold for the Winged Monkeys?
Chapter 15 - The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible
Which of the following is another instance where fear motivated a character to act a certain way?
This is a major turning point for the group. How will this discovery create conflict for Dorothy and her friends? Watch the clip below to see the film version of this scene. (This annotation contains a video)
Now you know why the green spectacles are locked! The spectacles make everything look green and the people believe what they see. This detail was left out of the film version. Can you think of a reason why? (This annotation contains a video)
What motivated Oz to promise Dorothy and her friends their wishes if they killed the Wicked Witch?
Although he is a bad wizard, Oz has very good advice for the group. Pay attention to how Oz responds to each wish.
In what ways have the Lion and Scarecrow already demonstrated the traits Oz is explaining? Use specific examples to support your response.
Chapter 16 - The Magic Art of the Great Humbug
"Sharp" has two meanings in this situation. The needles are in fact sharp, but the intended meaning is to show that the Scarecrow is smart.
Chapters 9-16 Quiz
How is Oz able to grant wishes for the Woodman, Lion and Scarecrow?
Chapter 17 - How the Balloon Was Launched
Dorothy and Oz sewed together a hot air balloon like the one below. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain how imagination is related to Oz's success in Emerald City. What impact will this have on the Scarecrow? Use evidence from the text to support your response.
Chapter 18 - Away to the South
Why do you think Dorothy is happy she did not go up in the balloon? What does this reveal about her character?
Notice how the people of Emerald City are pleased with the idea of having a ruler that is unique. Although the Scarecrow is not a wizard, he is special because he is different. What does that say about the values of the population?
Dorothy can't catch a break! Her friends have all received their wishes, but she is still not able to get home. What purpose does the author have in crafting so many obstacles? How does the journey affect Dorothy? Keep these questions in mind as you finish up the story.
Did you know that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the first story in a 15 book series? Continue the adventure and find out what happens to Dorothy and her friends. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 19 - Attacked by the Fighting Trees
How does the change in these three characters relate to the theme of believing in yourself? Explain how Oz really did give them the gifts they asked for.
Based on strange and magical nature of the story so far, what can you infer about the tree in this statement?
The wall is made of the same material used for fine china. Can you imagine a wall that looks like a fancy dinner plate? (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 20 - The Dainty China Country
Based on context clues, what can you infer to be the meaning of the word vexed?
In what way are Dorothy and the Princess alike?
Chapter 21 - The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts
The group is traveling through a very wet and smelly area. Although there is not immediate danger, the area is difficult to travel through. (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think the Lion would have offered to help if other lions lived in the forest?
Comparing the spider's neck to a wasp's waist is an example of ____________.
Chapter 23 - Glinda The Good Witch Grants Dorothy's Wish
Do you think Glinda the Good Witch purposefully did not tell Dorothy about the shoes? How might the story be different if Dorothy was told how to get home earlier?
Notice Dorothy's reaction and how she remains positive and thankful even after such a hard journey. What else has Dorothy gained through her adventure to find Oz?
Chapter 24 - Home Again
Chapters 17-24 Quiz