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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Themes (For the most part) Quiz Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. Each kid (other than Charlie) represents what?

A kind of candy
The hopelessness of the younger generation
One of the seven deadly sins
Q. Why is the prize so good for Charlie?

The huge cash prize—it’s like he just won “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”
It promises that his family will always have a warm house and food
Um…hello. Chocolate.
It proves that he is a good person
Q. What makes super-old Grandpa Joe and young Charlie such good friends?

Grandpa Joe is young at heart
Grandpa Joe is such a good dancer
Grandpa Joe and Charlie both like chocolate too much
Grandpa Joe is actually only 15 years old
Q. Why does Charlie win the factory?

Because he has the biggest family
Because he lives down the street
He is the only kid who followed the rules
Because he was wearing an awesome sweater that Willy Wonka really appreciated
Q. What makes Charlie persevere?

He has to—his parents make him
He manages to find joy and inspiration in the world despite his hard circumstances
He finds 50 pound notes all the time, so it really isn’t that hard
Being British means he is always happy