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by Roald Dahl

Matilda Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. If you had powers like Matilda's, what would you do with them? Suppose you could move just one thing with your mind. What would it be?
  2. How would you react if the Trunchbull wandered into one of your classrooms? 
  3. Who is the meanest character in the book? How are they mean? The nicest? What makes them nice?
  4. Look back at a few of the different pranks played in the book. Are they realistic? Could any of them really work? And which one's your favorite?
  5. Do you think there's too much violence in Matilda, compared to other kids' books? Is the amount of violence appropriate for most readers' age level?
  6. Are the books Mrs. Phelps gives to Matilda appropriate for a five-year-old to read? What would you add to this list? What would you remove?
  7. Do you think events like those in the book could ever happen? Why or why not?
  8. Could anyone besides Bruce Bogtrotter eat an entire chocolate cake? 
  9. Would you call the end of the book a happy one? Why or why not? 
  10. Do you think Miss Honey's explanation about why Matilda starts losing her special abilities at the end of the book makes sense? 
  11. At what point in the book did you figure out the connection between Miss Honey and the Trunchbull?
  12. Do you agree with reviewers that the ending is "contrived" (see "What's Up With the Ending")? Why or why not?
  13. Do you think any of Matilda's pranks are mean spirited? Or are they totally deserved?

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