The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Chapter 09

Download The Wizard of Oz Free Book Unit ~ Chapter 9.

This free book study for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is being offered in weekly installments. The best place to begin is with the introduction found here. This post contains teaching materials for Chapter 9 ~ The Queen of the Field Mice.

Summary of Chapter 9 ~ The Queen of the Field Mice

As the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow wait at the edge of the poppy field for Dorothy to awaken, the Tin Woodman sees a wildcat chasing a field mouse. The Tin Woodman swings his axe and chops off the wildcat’s head. The Tin Woodman then learns the mouse is actually the Queen of the Field Mice. In return for saving her life, the field mice will help rescue the Lion. The Scarecrow sends the Tin Woodman to build a cart. He asks the field mice to gather string. Together they go into the poppy field. They heft the Lion onto the cart and pull him free of the poppy’s poisonous smell.

Download the free teaching resources for Chapter 9 here.

Teaching Materials for Chapter 9 ~ The Queen of the Field Mice


indignant [adjective] ~ feeling or showing anger about something considered to be unfair or without value

indignantly [adverb] ~ turns indignant into an adverb

“Only a mouse!” cried the little animal, indignantly. “Why, I am a Queen–the Queen of all the Field Mice!”

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shrill [adjective] ~ having a high, sharp sound

“We will!” cried all the mice, in a shrill chorus.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Select two questions you can answer after reading Chapter 9.____ What did Dorothy eat for dinner?
    ____ Why does the Tin Woodman carry an axe?
    ____ How heavy is Lion?
    ____ What happens when animals breathe in the scent of poppies?
  1. Which of the following events did the Tin Woodman do last?
    1.   Tin Woodman pushed Lion out of the field of poppies.
    2.   Tin Woodman built a truck.
    3.   Woodman sat it the grassy field waiting for Lion to wake up.
    4.   Tin Woodman chopped off the head of the wildcat.
  1. The main idea of Chapter 9 was ___.
    1.  building a truck
    2. meeting the Queen of the field mice
    3.  rescuing Lion with the help of the field mice
    4.  slaying the wildcat
  1. Write the definition of truck as it is used in Chapter 9.
    “Now,” said the Scarecrow to the Tin Woodman, “you must go to those trees by the riverside and make a truck that will carry the Lion.”
  1. Draw a picture of the wildcat using the descriptions from Chapter 9.
  1. What simile was used to describe the wildcat?
  1. Since very little figurative language is used in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, why do you think the author chose to add a simile at this point in the book?


  • Constructed Response ~ Character Traits
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
  • Language Arts Skill ~ Reflexive and Intensive Pronouns
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.1.B



FREE printable pages for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 9

Click here to download FREE vocabulary practice, comprehension printables, and a foldable organizer for Chapter 9.


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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz FREE Book Unit
Vocabulary Materials including Word List – Word Wall – Book Marks – Test / Lessons at a Glance

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1 comment

    • Kendra on November 3, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Never mind about the pronouns foldables! I’ve found them! Thanks for sharing this great resource for free! 🙂

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