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The Lorax Comprehension Questions

Instructor: Maria Airth

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.

Do not shy away from using ''The Lorax'' in your class, no matter the age of your students. There is something for everyone in this delightful text. This lesson contains comprehension questions related to ''The Lorax'' appropriate for any age.

The Lorax

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.

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