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The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth


by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth Questions

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

  1. Why was Milo so quick to get in the car and pass through the Tollbooth? Do you think he was being foolish or just adventurous?
  2. Why is it so important to rescue Rhyme and Reason? What would've happened – to Milo and to Wisdom – If they were never rescued?
  3. Does The Phantom Tollbooth remind you of any other books you've read? If so, why? And if not, what makes it unique?
  4. Is Milo a well-developed character? Is he a typical hero? Or is he just a stand-in for us as readers, who need to open up our minds to a world of learning and imagination?
  5. What's your favorite pun in The Phantom Tollbooth? Why do you think the author uses so many puns anyway?
  6. Why does Norton Juster focus on language and math. What about literature? What about sciences? And hey, what about recess?
  7. If you could buy words, what words would you choose, and why? And how do you think those words would taste?
  8. Which part of the Lands Beyond would you most like to visit? Which would you most like to avoid? Why?
  9. Do you agree with Adam Gopnik that learning is the "real subject" of The Phantom Tollbooth AND all classic kids' books? (Source.)

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