Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

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

The following discussion questions will help your students explore the book 'Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin' in greater depth and discuss the role of stories and folktales in the world.

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin

Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, a children's book by Liesl Shurtliff, is written for mid-upper elementary students. The story is a retelling of the classic Rumpelstiltskin folktale and one that should inspire students to talk about myths and the power of stories. These questions can help to guide your students through a discussion on this story, its characters, and its themes.

Questions about Plot and Characters

  • Had you heard the story of Rumpelstiltskin before reading this book? What is the original legend of Rumpelstiltskin? How did that story shape your impression of this character before you started Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin?
  • In one sentence, can you describe the plot of the story?
  • How are we introduced to Rump? What was your first impression of this character? How was he different from the Rumpelstiltskin of the classic folktale? How was he similar?
  • How is Rump defined by his name? Why does he believe that there is magic in a name? How does this shape his perspective of himself? What do you think about your name? Have you ever felt that your name defined something about you?
  • How does Rump discover magic? What does the spinning wheel represent to him? What does he hope it will mean for him? What does it end up actually meaning to him?
  • What does Rump learn from the Witch in the Woods? What does the chance to learn his full name mean to him? How does he go about trying to find his full name?
  • What is the climax of this story? How does this represent a chance for Rump to make a choice and demonstrate his growth as a character? What choice does he make? How does this define his future?

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