Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Study Questions & Essay Topics
1. Would it have been possible to predict which child would win the chocolate factory after Mr. Wonka’s description of the beauty of the chocolate room?
2. How does Grandpa Joe differ from other children’s fathers, and how does this difference represent the positive and negative aspects of adults according to the author?
3. What kind of child is Mr. Wonka looking for to run his factory?
Suggested Essay Topics
1. What do the Oompa-Loompas’ songs tell us about how children should be raised?
2. What qualities does Charlie have that make him the hero of this story? What do those qualities say about Roald Dahl’s opinions of children?
3. Why could Augustus, Violet, Veruca, and Mike never win the chocolate factory?
4. How might modern readers criticize Mr. Wonka’s treatment of the Oompa-Loompas and the naughty children?
5. How does Charlie and Chocolate Factory speak to the phrase “Good things come to those who wait”? What about “Good things come in small packages”?
6. Describe Mr. Wonka’s character. Is he a good and caring person, or a selfish and aloof one?
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