The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Chapter 10

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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 10 ~ The Guardian of the Gate.

Summary of Chapter 10 ~ The Guardian of the Gate

When Lion woke, the group continued their journey down the yellow brick road toward Emerald City. The forest turned to beautiful countryside. People watched as they walked, but no one spoke to them. Once the group grew tired and hungry, they stopped at a farmhouse. They were greeted warmly and given a delicious meal. When they told the farmer’s wife they were going to see Oz, she told them he took on many forms, so no one knew what he looked like. The group spent the night in the farmhouse, then headed toward Emerald City the next morning. They arrived at the city’s wall. Dorothy rang a bell, and the group was allowed entrance. They were given spectacles, so the city’s glow would not blind them.

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Teaching Materials for Chapter 10 ~ The Guardian of the Gate


perplexity [noun] ~ the condition of being puzzled, confused, or uncertain; bafflement, doubt, puzzlement

“It has been many years since anyone asked me to see Oz,” he said, shaking his head in perplexity.

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idle [adjective] ~ having little or no use or value; petty, trivial

“He is powerful and terrible, and if you come on an idle or foolish errand to bother the wise reflections of the Great Wizard, he might be angry and destroy you all in an instant.”

“But it is not a foolish errand, nor an idle one,” replied the Scarecrow; “it is important. And we have been told that Oz is a good Wizard.”

Comprehension Questions

  1. 1. How is Lion’s rescue similar to the fable The Lion and the Mouse?
    1. The effect of Dorothy convincing the lady that Lion was tame was ______.
      1.   the travelers knew how to recognize the Great Wizard
      2.   Scarecrow and Tin Woodman spent the night standing in the corner
      3.   the travelers ate a hearty dinner
      4.   the travelers learned they must wear spectacles to visit the Emerald City
    1. Place a check in front of each item that the man said the Wizard of Oz could look like.
    2. _____ bird
      _____ gorilla
      _____ prince
      _____ elephant
      _____ cat
      _____ bear
      _____ fairy
      _____ tiger
  1. Why must Dorothy and the others wear spectacles?
  1. Why do the people in Oz feel that it is strange that Toto cannot speak?
  1. Read this passage from Chapter 10.
    “We wish to pass the night with you, if you will allow us,” answered Dorothy; “and the Lion is my friend and comrade, and would not hurt you for the world.”Which type of figurative language is used in this passage? 
    What does this phrase mean?
  1. Everything in the Emerald City is green. What symbols does green represent in the story?


  • Constructed Response ~ Timeline of Dorothy’s Travels to the Emerald City
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
  • Language Arts Skill ~ Prefix [com-/con-]
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4.b
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4.b
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4.b


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