Read Chapters 28-30.


Multiple Choice

1. Which button did Mr. Wonka choose in the elevator?
a) The Bucket House
b) Up and Out
c) Through the Roof
d) Away We Go

2. When Mike Teavee left the factory he was .
a) sick with a stomach ache
b) 10 feet tall
c) purple
d) very small

3. When the Salt family left the factory they were _
a) covered in trash
b) carrying all the things Veruca asked for
c) skinny
d) bruised

4. When Augustus Gloop left the factory he was .
a) taller
b) shorter
c) fatter
d) thinner

5. When Violet Beauregarde left the factory she was .
a) swollen up like a blueberry
b) tall and thin
c) wet
d) purple in the face

6. Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Mike left the factory with .
a) a truckload of candy
b) jobs
c) an Oompa-Loompa
d) stock in the Wonka Chocolate Factory

7. Willie Wonka did not have _ .
a) milk
b) money
c) a family
d) a home

8. Who did Willie Wonka give his chocolate factory to?
a) Grandpa Joe
b) Mr. Bucket
c) Charlie
d) Augustus Gloop

9. Look at the picture below.
Charlie pic.jpg
What is the main idea of this picture?
a) Mr. Wonka explains that each of the other children has changed. Augustus is thinner from being squeezed in the pipe. Violet is purple in the face, though she seems otherwise normal. Veruca is covered with garbage. Then Mike Teavee appears, taller and thinner than anyone else.
b) Mr. Wonka tells Charlie how much he loves his chocolate factory.
c) The elevator crashes through the roof, raining debris on the Bucket family.
d) Mr. Wonka, Grandpa Joe, and Charlie take a ride on the glass elevator.

10. Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 1964. Which of these was not available when Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?
a) e-mail
b) television
c) camera
d) tape recorder

11. Choose the question that can be answered after reading the story.
a) How old are Charlie's four grandparents?
b) Will Violet's parents buy her a pet squirrel?
c) Why did Willie Wonka want to give his factory to Charlie?
d) Will Augustus Gloop continue to stay thin after he leaves the factory?

12. When Mr. Wonka, Charlie, and Grandpa Joe are riding in the elevator; Mr. Wonka suggests going to Charlie's house because _.
a) Mr. Wonka wants to meet the grandparents
b) Charlie is tired and wants to get some sleep
c) it is getting late and is time for Charlie's supper
d) he wants to bring Charlie's family back to the chocolate factory

Comprehension Questions

1. How does Charlie feel just before Wonka presses the Up and Out button?

2. Of the four punished children, which might be better off? Why? (We don't mean better off as in wiser, of course––hopefully, they're all that.)
3. Why doesn't Wonka mind destroying the Bucket house?

Health Connection: Sugar.
Uh oh... Bet no one has ever told you sugar is bad, right? Everyone knows it rots your teeth. Big deal. Who needs teeth? But some doctors also think sugar can make you fat, mess up your digestion so your food rots inside you, mess up your mood with an addictive cycle of buzzes and blues, and mess up your immune system so it's easier to get sick. Wow. And we're not just talking the Halloween gorge here. One sugar lump after a meal may start rotting the whole meal. Could sugar be that powerful? Doesn't it come from a plant? Sure. But just because something is natural doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Lots of drugs come from natural sources. Opium and morphine come from poppy seeds. On a bagel, the seeds are fine, but when you take billions of seeds and refine them to isolate certain substances, you get a drug. Sugar's refined too. So ha! There goes the end-of-book celebratory candy bar. Now you have to eat nothing but fresh beans for the rest of your life...right? Wrong. Sugar may be bad, but sweetness is not. You may think that natural sweets, such as honey, maple syrup, and fruits, aren’t sweet enough to satisfy your very sweetest tooth, but if you drop candy for a week and then pop a banana, your bewildered taste buds may find the fruit sweeter than the candy used to be. It happens. Why end on a downer like this? Well, it might not be a downer, especially if you look into this and find that some health problem of yours could be sugar related. And anyway, who said we were ending...

The Whole Story: Fairy Tale Factory
Congratulations! Here we are, at the close of a lovely book. Hope it was a quest rather than a car trip and that you enjoyed the stops. We'll do a bit of summing up for a few lessons, and then, huzzah! Off to real life again! Okay. This story is rather like a fairy tale. The more you look, the more similarities you'll find, but let's start with a title character -- the factory. Whatever your thoughts on sugar in real life, you can revel in the factory as an enchanted wonderland. Anything can happen. Or can it?

1. Do you think Wonka was always in control at his factory? Or was he sometimes unsure or surprised himself? Give an example.

2. What if Wonka had decided that sugar was bad? Would he have shut down his factory? Or could he have changed his factory somehow?
Explain what you he think he would have done and why you think so based on his character.

3. Considering everything that happened, would you want to visit the Wonka factory?

4. Could anything happen at the factory? What seemed never to happen?


The Whole Story: Structure
Everybody has a skeleton, and every story has a structure. The question is, are all those bones strong and in the right place?

1. You've already been asked whether Charlie has a major flaw. If he does, what is it? If not, that is, if Charlie is pretty much perfect, explain why you think this makes this story stronger or weaker.

2. Books on writing often advise that the hero has to be active, always fighting battles, arguing with the other characters, doing something. Whose actions do we hear the most about in this book? That is, who do we seem to be following around most of the time? Defend your choice.

3. Many stories have a central conflict, one great question that must be answered. ("Will Sheila marry Mr. Bumblebelly? Will the Killer Peanut Butter engulf Detroit?") Other stories are more episodic. Think Anne of Green Gables. There are many little conflicts, one after the other, and several larger questions that get answered, half-answered, taken back, and tossed around as the episodes continue. Explain whether this story has a central conflict (if so, give the question) or is episodic.

4. Conflict stories often hinge on a central, final choice that the hero must make to bring about the climax and thus answer the question. If you think this is a conflict story, explain the climax and whether there is a final choice. If you think this is an episodic story, is there a climax?



Make Your Own Brat
Didn't care for Dahl's little nightmares? See if you can outdo him! Good thing you saved those two sheets about Dahl's brats; they may give you some ideas.

My brat's name is :_
Circle one: boy girl
Circle one: rich middle-class poor
More than anything else on the planet, my brat always, always wanted:
My brat's parents dealt with this by:
Here's what my brat's bedroom was like:
Here's how my brat got into trouble at Wonka's factory.
They were in a room called: _
Here's what the room was like (sights, smells, everything):
My brat wanted: Wonka had requested that:
But my brat didn't listen. Instead, this happened––
the worst punishment of them all: The Oompa-Loompas sang an obnoxious song about it, but they tried to fix my brat by: _
Now my brat is: _


The Taste in Your Mouth__
Alas, alas, parting is such sweet sorrow. Plan to take any Wonka for the road?

1. In a previous lesson, we looked at this story's structure. How would you have structured this story differently? (An example would be to change a character's central flaw, or give him one.)

2. How has this book changed your life, forever? Ha! Just kidding. Instead, explain whether the book was too long, too short, or just right.

3. In the end, it may be the most important question: Did you like this book or not? (Note all the lines yearning to be filled with specific reasons.)

4. Actually, maybe this question's even more important. Give one important idea that the author conveyed, and explain whether you agree or disagree with it. Then leap from your chair with a merry laugh.