The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Chapter 21

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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 21 ~ The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts.

Summary of Chapter 21 ~ The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts

Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, and the Lion cross the china wall into a swampland. After traveling a while, they come to a forest. The Lion fells at home in the woodland, but the others think it is gloomy. Shortly, they come upon a gathering of animals. The animals are discussing how to get rid of a giant spider who is killing off the animals.

The Lion volunteers for the task. He heads off by himself until he finds the spider sleeping. The Lion studies the spider until he spots a weakness then attacks. The spider is soon dead. The Lion returns to the group letting them know that he has slain the creature. They crown him King of the Beasts. The Lion promises to return to rule over them as soon as Dorothy is safely in Kansas.

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Teaching Materials for Chapter 21 ~ The Lion Becomes the King of Beasts


rank [adjective] ~ having a strong and very bad smell or taste; foul

After climbing down from the china wall the travelers found themselves in a disagreeable country, full of bogs and marshes and covered with tall, rank grass.

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assemblage [noun] ~ collection or gathering of people or things; assembly

As he spoke several of the beasts caught sight of him and at once the great assemblage hushed as if by magic.

Comprehension Questions

  1. The land just outside the china wall was ____.
    1.  a swamp
    2. a forest
    3.  a desert
    4.  meadow
  1. Why did the characters have different feelings about the forest?
  1. Read this passage from Chapter 21. There were tigers and elephants and bears and wolves and foxes and all the others in the natural history, and for a moment Dorothy was afraid. What does the phrase in natural history mean?
  1. The main conflict in Chapter 21 was solved when ___.
    1.  Lion agreed to come back and rule the beasts.
    2.  The beasts bowed down to the Lion as their King. 
    3.  Lion spoke to the assemblage of animals in the forest.
    4.  Lion slew the spider.
  1. How is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz like ancient myths?
  1. Draw the spider based on the descriptions in Chapter 21.


  • Constructed Response ~ Character Change
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.3
  • Language Arts Skill ~ Context Clues
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4.a
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4.a
    • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.a.b


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