The Witches Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'The Witches' by Roald Dahl is a humorous children's novel about a boy who learns about witches from his grandmother before having a few encounters of his own. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this story.

The Witches

The Witches is an entertaining novel by Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Like his other works, Dahl combines relatable characters with fantastical storylines to make The Witches engaging for students. The questions in this asset will guide classroom discussions about this novel.

Chapters 1-7

The questions in this section discuss the first part of the book.

  • The story opens by illustrating the challenge of distinguishing a real witch from any other person. Why do you think the author chose to start the novel this way? How are witches different from other people?
  • What methods would you use to find a witch? Why is this important?
  • The narrator is being raised by his grandmother. Why? Describe their relationship.
  • Why does grandmother think it is important for him to know about witches?
  • What mixed feelings does the narrator have about the stories his grandmother tells him? How do you know? What would you think if a grandparent told you these stories?
  • When the narrator and his grandmother move to England, grandmother teaches him the difference between witches in various countries. How do witches in England compare with witches in Norway?
  • How does the narrator know when he encounters his first witch? How does he respond?
  • The narrator inadvertently finds himself trapped in a meeting of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Why is this group a good cover for the witches? How is the Grand High Witch different from the other witches? What would you do if you were caught in a meeting with this group?

Chapters 8-15

In this section, you will find questions that support the understanding of the middle chapters of the book.

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