Maria has taught University level psychology and mathematics courses for over 20 years. They have a Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Arts in Human Factors Psychology from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Flagler College.
The Lorax is a book that appears to be written for children; however, it includes many advanced writing techniques and social situations. It is certainly not just a children's book. This book can be used to benefit all ages of students.
This lesson offers comprehension questions that touch on plot, setting, and character. There are also questions that focus on the literary style used and its impact on the effectiveness of the work. Because the book could be used on many different levels, the questions are separated by style (short answer and essay) and age appropriateness (younger students and older students).
Short Answer Questions for The Lorax
These short answer questions cover the setting, characters, and plot of the story. While they are separated by age group, some of the questions may be appropriate for any age group - pick and choose as you like. You may find that many of the questions for the younger age group are perfectly acceptable for an older comprehension test as well.
Short Answer Questions - Younger Students
- How many characters have speaking parts in this book? What are their names?
- Who is the narrator?
- What happened to the Truffula trees?
- What types of animals were living in the Truffula tree forest?
- What do you need to be able to speak to the Once-ler?
- What did the Once-ler make with the Truffula tufts?
- Who chops down the trees?
- Who speaks for the trees?
- Where did all the people come from that helped the Once-ler cut down the Truffula trees?
Short Answer Questions - Older students
- To whom is the main character speaking throughout the text?
- What voice is being employed throughout the text (first person, second person, or third person)?
- At one point in the book, the narrator states that the Lorax's 'dander was up.' What does that mean?
- What was special about the Thneed?
- What street do you have to take to reach the Once-ler's house?
- Does the book have any flashbacks? If so, how much of the book is taken up by a flashback?
- What was used to make the work of chopping go faster?
Essay Questions for The Lorax
Essay questions can be adapted for either age group. These questions are designed more for older students with multiple part questions, but it is easy enough to just use part of the question for essay questions for younger students. For the very young, an essay might simply be one or two sentences explaining the answer. Older students may like to pick one in-depth question set and spend time developing a well-rounded response.
- The book The Lorax and the movie based on the book end differently. Compare and contrast the resolutions in each of the media forms. Which resolution was most effective for the platform being addressed?
- How does The Lorax relate to the real world?
- Dr. Suess makes use of made-up words throughout the book to force his rhyming stanza. Is this an effective writing style? Did it add to the book or detract from it? What about the illustrations; did the abnormality of the images add or distract from the over-all task of comprehending the story?
- Why did the Once-ler cut down the first Truffula tree? (explain in essay form) Does the book indicate that he intended to cut every Truffula tree down? What were the sequences of events that led to the total ecological failure of the area?
- Give a character description of the Once-ler. Write a character description of the Lorax.
- What does it say about the Once-ler's family that they left as soon as all the Truffula trees were gone?
- How could the Once-ler have followed his dream and maintained the environment? Develop an environmentally sound plan for the Once-ler's factory.
- What was so special about the Thneeds? (explain in essay form)
- If a person were to read The Lorax without looking at the pictures, they might believe that they, themselves, were being addressed throughout the text. Explain this literary technique and discuss its effectiveness in this usage.
- Why do you think the Once-ler requires such odd payment for the story about the Lorax and the Truffula trees?
- Describe how the Lorax tried to stop the Once-ler from damaging the environment. Would you have done everything the same? How might you have done things differently?
- What does the 'Word of the Lorax' mean?
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