Freaky Friday Book Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

These discussion questions are about the 1972 book ''Freaky Friday'', not the film or stage adaptations. These questions can help your students work through their thoughts about this novel, its characters, and its themes.

Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday is a 1972 children's novel by American author Mary Rodgers, in which a teenage girl and her mother switch bodies and lives. These discussion questions are intended to help your students work through the original book, and not one of the several film or stage adaptations of the same name. These questions can help guide a class discussion on the characters, plot, and themes of this classic story.

Questions About Characters and Plot

  • In one sentence, describe the plot of Freaky Friday. What is this story about? What is the central conflict? How is this conflict established?
  • Who is the main character in Freaky Friday? How are we introduced to Annabel? What do we learn about her? How does she see herself? How would you describe her?
  • What is Annabel's life like at the start of the novel? What is her relationship like with her mother? What is her relationship like with her brother? What does she like about her life? What does she not like about her life?
  • What happens when Annabel and her mother switch bodies? What is Annabel's initial reaction? Does this change? Why? What are the major events that occur in this novel? What happens to Annabel after the switch? Which event do you think had the greatest impact on Annabel? Why? Where do we see this in the story?
  • How do the major characters change throughout this story? How does Annabel change? What does she learn? How do her relationships with other characters change? How does seeing her life through her mother's eyes impact Annabel? How does living her mother's life impact her?
  • What is the climax of this novel? How is it resolved? How does the story end? What did you think of this ending? What do you think the author is trying to say?

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