A Little Princess
Generations of children have treasured the story of Sara Crewe, the little girl who imagines she's a princess in order to survive hard times at Miss Minchins London boarding school. (From feedbooks.com)
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Chapter 1 - Sara
This story begins with seven-year-old Sara Crewe and her father, Captain Ralph Crewe, arriving in London. Captain Crewe is very wealthy and says that Sara is destined for a lavish, comfortable future. Despite being pampered all her life in India, Sara is very intelligent, polite, and creative.
Based on the details in the text, what is "the place" that Sara is referring to?
Imagery is the use of descriptive language to create visual representations of actions, objects and ideas in our mind in such a way that they appeal to our physical senses. Watch the video to learn more about imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of your senses does the imagery in the highlighted text appeal to?
Why do you suppose Captain Crewe buys a lot of things for Sara?
Why does Sara most likely want a doll that will "listen" to her?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of spoiled. Which definition of spoiled fits the context of the sentence?
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?
Chapter 2 - A French Lesson
How do you think Miss Minchin will respond to Sara if she tells her that she knows French?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of punctilious. It is always important to understand the meaning of unfamiliar words.
What causes Monsieur Dufarge to smile?
How is the relationship between Sara and Miss Minchin changing?
Chapter 3 - Ermengarde
What is meant by a "show pupil"?
Based on details in the text, which word BEST describes Sara Crewe?
Why does Ermengarde seem surprised that Sara can make up stories?
Who is Sara referring to when she says, "perhaps we may catch her"?
Why does Ermengarde like to be around Sara?
Why does Ermengarde want to be friends with Sara?
Chapter 4 - Lottie
How does Lavinia differ from Sara?
What is the most likely meaning of "grand" in this sentence?
Make Predictions: Do you think Sara will be able to get Lottie to stop crying?
Using context clues, what is the meaning of steal in this sentence?
Was your prediction about Sara and Lottie correct?
How does Lottie's attitude change after Sara tells her she will be her mother?
Chapter 5 - Becky
Similes and metaphors compare two distinct objects and draw similarity between them. The difference is that a simile uses “like” or “as” and a metaphor does not. Watch the video to learn more about simile and metaphor. (This annotation contains a video)
Find the simile in the highlighted text and type it here.
List one way that Becky differs from Sara.
Which example from the text supports the fact that Sara is a "show pupil"?
Why does Sara ask Becky if her work is done?
Why does Becky admire Sara's dancing-frock?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of 'largess.' Why does Sara feel as though she has "scattered largess"?
Chapter 6 - The Diamond Mines
Don't forget to read the title of each chapter. The title usually gives a hint as to what the chapter will be about. Based on the title of Chapter 6, what can you infer this chapter will be about?
Why does Sara run to Lottie's rescue?
What upsets Lottie and causes her to cry a lot?
Summarize the highlighted text. Tell what happens between Sara and Becky.
How does Sara feel about rats? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Sara was seven years old when she first came to the boarding school. How many years has Sara lived at Miss Minchin's boarding school?
Pacing: Watch the video to learn more about pacing. Is this story fast-paced or slow-paced? (This annotation contains a video)
Chapter 7 - The Diamond Mines Again
What occasion do you suppose they are celebrating?
Why does Miss Minchin ask Becky to leave?
What is the special occasion that Miss Minchin is celebrating with the girls?
Why does Miss Minchin always bring up that Sara is rich? How do you think this makes the other girls feel about Sara?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of indiscretion. Which of the following is an antonym (word with opposite meaning) for indiscretion?
Make Predictions: Do you think Miss Minchin will treat Sara differently now that she is not wealthy? Why or why not?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of shrewd. Create a sentence using shrewd correctly in context.
What does Miss Minchin mean by saying, "I will get a good deal out of her before she grows older"?
How does Miss Amelia know that something is wrong with her sister?
Why does Becky begin to cry?
At this point in the story, how does Miss Minchin feel about Sara? How will her emotions play a role in telling Sara that her father is dead?
Watch the video clip from the film and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
Describe how Sara's reaction to the news about her father is similar in both the video and the text.
How does Miss Amelia feel about telling Sara that she cannot use that bedroom anymore? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Why is Sara moved to the attic with Becky?
Chapter 8 - In the Attic
Make Connections: Do you think it is easier to deal with a life change that is gradual or one that occurs all at once?
List one of the duties Sara has to perform now that she is no longer a "show pupil."
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of drudge. Which of the following words is similar to drudge?
How does it help Sara to remind herself about the strength and courage of soldiers in a war?
Why do you think Ermengarde is too embarrassed to speak to Sara?
What is the most likely reason that Ermengarde is crying?
Why does Sara feel as though her imagination has been "stunned"?
Why is it easy for Sara to pretend she is a prisoner in Bastille?
Chapter 9 - Melchisedec
Using context clues, which word below could correctly replace aghast in the sentence?
What reason does Sara give for wanting Lottie to stay quiet?
Which of the following words is an example of onomatopoeia?
Onomatopoeic words are words that represent the natural sound of a thing. Watch the video to learn more about onomatopoeia. (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Ermengarde alarmed at Sara?
How have Sara's feelings toward rats changed?
Why do Sara and Becky have a specific "knock"?
Why does Ermengarde get startled when she hears someone knock on the door? Who do you think Ermengarde thinks is at the door?
Chapter 10 - The Indian Gentleman
A perambulator is a baby carriage. Below is an image of an early perambulator. (This annotation contains an image)
Point of view is the mode of narration that an author uses to let the reader “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story written?
What causes Sara to break down? At what point do you realize that Sara is sorry for blaming Emily?
What is the most likely reason that Sara wishes someone would move into the house next door?
How do the girls feel about the man who is moving in next door?
Based on the details in the text, how do you know the man moving in is NOT in good health?
Chapter 11 - Ram Dass
Which of the following words could replace impish in the sentence?
How does Sara's mood change upon seeing the monkey and the Lascar?
What causes Sara to be able to withstand the harsh treatment from Miss Minchin?
Have you ever heard the expression, "Attitude is everything"? How does Sara's good attitude affect the way she handles adversity?
Chapter 12 - The Other Side of the Wall
Make Predictions: Do you think Sara will ever get to meet the Indian man that lives next door? Why or why not?
How does Sara feel about the Indian man next door? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.
What do you suppose is hurting the man?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of invalid. Which of the following definitions fits the context of the sentence?
Why does this man feel as though he must find Sara?
What do the details in the text reveal?
How does having Melchisedec in her room help Sara?
Make Connections: Have you ever felt like Sara in a situation like this? Have you ever had to bite your tongue to keep from saying something to someone that you knew you shouldn't say?
Chapter 13 - One of the Populace
What makes the highlighted text an example of personification?
Personification is a figure of speech in which something that is not human is given human attributes. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings.
Why does Sara go into the shop? What inferences can you make based on the details in the text?
Why does the woman in the shop add two extra hot buns to Sara's bag?
Why does the woman in the shop question the beggar child about Sara?
How does the woman in the shop feel about Sara's little act of kindness? How do you know?
A portmanteau is a large trunk or suitcase, typically made of stiff leather and opening into two equal parts. (This annotation contains an image)
How do you think Sara would feel if she knew that Mr. Montmorency is looking for her?
Why is the father of the Large Family going to Russia to look for Sara Crewe?
Chapter 14 - What Melchisedec Heard and Saw
Why are Ram Dass and the secretary in Sara's room? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Based on the details in the text, what do you infer that Ram Dass and the secretary are planning?
Chapter 15 - The Magic
What is meant by the term "supposing" in this text?
What is Melchisedec's reason for coming into Sara's room?
Why is it a good night for Ermengarde to visit Sara? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Why are Sara's stories easy to remember?
What might happen if Miss Minchin finds Ermengarde in Sara's room?
What does this reveal about Ermengarde?
Why does Sara suggest they invite Becky to their party?
Can you picture the banquet hall that Sara has created?
Why is Ermengarde surprised when she enters Sara's room?
Why does Miss Minchin come to Sara's room? Cite evidence from the text to support your answer.
What will happen to Becky if she has to leave the house? Where will she go?
Why does Sara want to go to sleep?
What do the details in the text suggest?
Watch the video from this scene in the movie and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
After watching the video clip, list one similarity and one difference between the movie and the book.
Chapter 16 - The Visitor
Based on the details in the text, do you think Becky will be allowed to stay? Why or why not?
How does Jessie feel about what Lavinia did to Sara and Ermengarde?
Why does Sara's behavior have everyone bewildered and confused?
How would things have been different if the Magic had not saved Sara?
Why can Sara "scarcely keep from smiling" when she gets in trouble?
Things are going good for Sara right now. She is able to bear the demand of her chores because she knows when she does return to her attic, she has a fairy tale waiting for her. Do you think Miss Minchin will discover Sara's attic room? If she does, what will Miss Minchin do?
Why is Miss Minchin now suspicious that Sara has a distant relative that is taking care of her?
Do you think Miss Minchin will try to find the person who sent the package to Sara? Why or why not?
Why does Sara write the man a note?
What do you suppose is outside Sara's window?
Chapter 17 - "It Is the Child!"
Do you recall why Mr. Carmichael traveled to Moscow? Who is he looking for?
Who is the "lost little girl"?
Which type of imagery is used in the highlighted text?
Make Predictions: Do you think the Indian man, Mr. Carrisford, will give up on trying to find Sara Crewe? Why or why not?
Why is the Indian gentleman curious to learn more about Sara?
Why does Mr. Carrisford want to know if she is a pupil?
How do you think Sara will act towards Mr. Carrisford now that she knows he is the one who took her father's money?
Which word BEST describes Sara's reaction?
Chapter 18 - "I Tried Not to Be"
How would you describe Sara's feelings toward Mr. Carrisford?
How has finding lost Sara Crewe helped Mr. Carrisford? Do you think his health will improve?
How does Miss Minchin feel about Sara having a fortune?
Why does Miss Minchin say this? Do you think she is wanting repayment for all she has done for Sara?
What do you think of Sara's response to Miss Minchin?
How does Miss Amelia feel about Sara? How do you know?
Why does Lottie begin to cry? How will Sara being gone affect Lottie?
How does Ermengarde feel about receiving a letter from Sara? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Chapter 19 - Anne
Why is Sara interested in hearing Mr. Carrisford's side of the story?
What is one reason the Indian man and Ram Dass do good things for Sara?
Who does Miss Minchin see in "soft, rich furs"?
What do you think the bun-woman will think of Sara's offering to feed hungry children?