Because of Winn Dixie Comprehension Questions

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Reading Because of Winn-Dixie with your students? Use this lesson to guide students through thinking about the characters, setting, and plot. Questions range in complexity to span all levels.

Winn-Dixie Questions - Character

  • Opal, the main character, just moved to a new town. How does she feel about this?
  • Think about Opal and her father's relationship. Are they close? What interactions help you understand this?
  • Describe how Opal and Winn-Dixie meet. Where does the dog get his name?
  • What role does Opal's mother play in her life?
  • How does the author describe Gloria Dump? What interactions does she have with Opal that help Opal feel cared for?
  • Why does Opal want to make Sweetie Pie happy? Why is Sweetie Pie unhappy?
  • What amazing thing did Miss Franny Block do? What does this tell you about her character?
  • What is unique about Otis and his pet store?

Winn-Dixie Questions - Setting

  • Opal and her father, a preacher, move around a lot. Where do they live in this story?
  • Authors use specific language to help readers create mental images of setting. Choose one setting from the story and draw and describe your mental image.
  • The town Opal lives in is Naomi, Florida. What is it about this town that makes her miss her mother?
  • Think about the church Opal's father preaches at, Open Arms Baptist Church. What is it like? Who attends it? Does it live up to its name?

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