The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Chapter 12

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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 12 ~ The Search for the Wicked Witch.

Summary of Chapter 12 ~ The Search for the Wicked Witch

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion set out to find the Wicked Witch. With her magic eye, the Wicked Witch sees them coming. She sends wolves, crows, bees, and the Winkies to stop them. All of these plans fail. Finally, the Wicked Witch summons the Winged Monkeys. They are able to throw the Tin Woodman on the rocks and take all the stuffing out of the Scarecrow.

The Winged Monkeys take Dorothy, Toto, and the Lion to the Wicked Witch’s palace. The Wicked Witch cages the Lion. She tells him he will not be allowed to eat until he pulls her chariot like a horse. Dorothy works for the Wicked Witch. In the evenings, Dorothy is able to sneak food to the Lion.

The Wicked Witch devises a trick to get the silver shoes from Dorothy. She places an invisible bar in the middle of the floor. Dorothy trips over the bar and loses one shoe. Dorothy is so angry at the Wicked Witch for this that she throws a bucket of water over her. As the water hits the Wicked Witch, she melts. Dorothy and the Lion are now free of the Wicked Witch.

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Teaching Materials for Chapter 12 ~ The Search for the Wicked Witch


gnash [verb] ~ to grind (the teeth) together

The Wicked Witch was so angry when she saw her black bees in little heaps like fine coal that she stamped her foot and tore her hair and gnashed her teeth.

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meek [adjective] ~ doing what others want; not standing up for oneself; tame

meekly [adverb] ~ turns meek into an adverb

Dorothy went to work meekly, with her mind made up to work as hard as she could; for she was glad the Wicked Witch had decided not to kill her.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which group was the most successful in following the Wicked Witch’s orders?
      1.   wolves
      2.   crows
      3.   bees
      4.   Winged Monkeys
      5.  Winkies
  1. The main idea of Chapter 12 is ___.
    1.   The travelers are attacked by wolves, crows, bees, Winkies, and Winged Monkeys.
    2.   The Wicked Witch tries to make the Lion drive her chariot like a horse.
    3.   Even though the Wicked Witch repeatedly attacks Dorothy and the other travelers, she is killed.
    4.   The Wicked Witch creates a plan to take Dorothy’s silver shoes.
  1. The main conflict of the chapter is resolved when _____.
    1.  Dorothy throws water on the Wicked Witch.
    2. The Winged Monkeys capture the Lion and Dorothy.
    3.  Dorothy is able to get her silver shoe back.
    4.  The Winged Monkeys fulfill their obligation to the Wicked Witch.
  1. How many attacks from the Wicked Witch did the Lion, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Woodman fend off?
    1. 2
    2. 7
    3. 3
    4. 4
  2. What simile does the author use to describe the Wicked Witch after she is hit with a bucket of water? Why do you think the author used this as a comparison to the way the Wicked Witch looked?


  • Constructed Response ~ Cause and Effect Chain
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.2
  • Language Arts Skill ~ Prefix [ex-]
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4.b
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4.b
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4.b


FREE printable pages for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ~ Chapter 12 - The Search for the Wicked Witch

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