The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Chapter 15

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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 15 ~ The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible.

Summary of Chapter 15 ~ The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible

Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Woodman return to the Emerald City. They ask to speak to the Great Oz, so they can collect the objects they seek. Days go by without a word. Finally, the Scarecrow sends a message to the Great Oz that they will summon the Winged Monkeys if he does not see them.

When the group goes into the Throne Room, they find it empty. A voice comes from the throne, so they ask the throne for the promised objects. When the voice backs down, the Lion roars.  This startles Toto causing him to knock down a screen. This is when the group discovers the Great Oz is really an old man with no magical powers hiding behind the screen.

The false Wizard starts by telling the group that he is a ventriloquist. He tells the group how he came to Oz as a young man when the ropes in his balloon became twisted and he could come down again. He explains that he has been good to the people of Oz, and they like him. The group agrees to keep his secret while he figures out a way to give them all the things he promised.

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Teaching Materials for Chapter 15 ~ The Discovery of Oz, the Terrible


vex [verb] ~ to annoy or irritate

The waiting was tiresome and wearing, and at last they grew vexed that Oz should treat them in so poor a fashion, after sending them to undergo hardships and slavery.

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bestow [verb] ~ to give as a gift or award

The four travelers passed a sleepless night, each thinking of the gift Oz had promised to bestow on him.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which of the following questions can the reader answer after reading Chapter 1?
    1.   What did Aunt Em and Uncle Henry do for a living?
    2.   Chapter 1 is set in which month?
    3.   What did Toto do to make Dorothy laugh?
    4.   What happened to cause Dorothy to go live with Aunt Em and Uncle Henry?
  1. Which of the following events took place first?
    1.   Toto nearly fell through the trap door.
    2.   The house was lifted up by the cyclone.
    3.   Uncle Henry went to check on the animals.
    4.   Dorothy fell asleep.
  1. The effect of Toto hiding under the bed was ______.
    1.  Aunt Em dropped the dishes
    2. Uncle Henry yelled, “Run for the cellar!”
    3.  Dorothy didn’t get to the storm cellar before the cyclone hit the house.
    4.  Aunt Em became mad.
  1. Name two things in Kansas the book said were not gray.
  1. List some of the words used to describe the wind.
  1. Name the type of figurative language that is used in each of the following passages, and then tell the meaning of each.
    1. The sun and wind had changed her, too.
    2. From the far north they heard a low wail of the wind.
    3. Dorothy felt as if she were going up in a balloon.
    4. She felt as if she were being rocked gently, like a baby in a cradle.
    5. The wind shrieked so loudly all about her that she nearly became deaf.


  • Constructed Response ~ Course of Action
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.1
  • Language Arts Skill ~ Suffix [-ious / -ous]
    • 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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