Matilda Comprehension Questions

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

'Matilda' is a book filled with complex characters and a bit of magic. Utilize the following questions to ensure student comprehension, challenge critical thinking, and develop literary analysis skills.

Matilda's Life: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  • Who is Matilda? Use five words to describe her.
  • Describe Matilda's relationship with her parents. What is her father and mother's occupation? Is her father honest in performing his job responsibilities and duties? Explain.
  • What age did Matilda teach herself to read? What are most kids doing at this age instead of reading?
  • Who finally takes an interest in Matilda?
  • In what way is Miss Honey's childhood similar to Matilda's? What shocking discovery does Matilda find out about Miss Honey and Miss Trunchbull?
  • Explain Matilda's relationship with her brother, Michael. Do their parents treat them differently? Use quotes from the book to support your answer.
  • What role does Mrs. Phelps play in Matilda's life?
  • How would the story be different if Matilda had loving parents?
  • Clearly, Matilda has enormous strength to rise against wrongdoing. List three scenes in the book in which she does so.
  • Describe the scene when Miss Honey meets with Matilda's parents. Are they happy to visit with her? What does she tell them? How do they react?

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