Video comprehension questions: What were Lewis Carroll's real name and occupation, and what type of person was he?



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Alice in Wonderland


VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

1. What were Lewis Carroll's real name and occupation, and what type of person was he?

2. What is Alice's outstanding character trait that leads her down the rabbit hole? How might an adult have acted differently?

3. The Mad Hatter's Tea Party is one of the most famous scenes in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and is frequently recreated by children and adults. What did the Mad Hatter symbolize during the Victorian Age?

4. Who is the most famous illustrator of Alice's adventures? Why weren't Lewis Carroll's original drawings used in later editions?

5. In what way did Alice's Adventures in Wonderland change the face of children's literature?

6. Who are some of the most famous characters Alice meets on her adventures and what are some of their characteristics that they have in common?

7. Why has Alice's Adventures in Wonderland been so popular through the years?

8. What kind of poetry did Carroll write for his books?

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Alice in Wonderland
VIDEO COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

1. What were Lewis Carroll's real name and occupation, and what type of person was he?

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Dodgson, a mathematics professor at Oxford. He was an extremely shy, scholarly, and eccentric man who loved children but never married.



2. What is Alice's outstanding character trait that leads her down the rabbit hole? How might an adult have acted differently?

Alice's curiosity is what leads her to follow the White Rabbit down his hole. Lewis Carroll seems to celebrate a child's curiosity thoughout the story. An adult might have been stopped by fear of the unknown and the related cautionary instincts. Experts feel that the story reflects a child's thirst for life in all of its forms.



3. The Mad Hatter's Tea Party is one of the most famous scenes in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and is frequently recreated by children and adults. What did the Mad Hatter symbolize during the Victorian Age?

Hatters were the gentlemen who made the hats used chemicals like lead to prepare them. This constant exposure to lethal chemicals caused many of the hatters to become mentally ill. The tea party is a journey into the world of the “mad” where time has stopped and choices that are made seem illogical.



4. Who is the most famous illustrator of Alice's adventures? Why weren't Lewis Carroll's original drawings used in later editions?

Sir John Tenniel, an English cartoonist and illustrator, is the most famous illustrator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll was dissatisfied with his own drawings and asked the leading cartoonist of the time to illustrate his book.



5. In what way did Alice's Adventures in Wonderland change the face of children's literature?

During the Victorian era childhood was something to be endured rather than enjoyed. Children's books were biblically based and focused on morals. Alice in Wonderland was a unique book for its time and was the first that actually could be considered a “fun” read for children. It actually made fun of the educational system and its emphasis on moral teachings.



6. Who are some of the most famous characters Alice meets on her adventures and what are some of their characteristics that they have in common?

On her adventures, Alice meets the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the Duchess. These authority figures share several common characteristics including cruelty, childlike responses, irresponsible behavior, impulsive decision-making, and self -indulgence. The Red Queen is thought to be a parody of Queen Victoria.



7. Why has Alice's Adventures in Wonderland been so popular through the years?

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is popular because people all over the world can relate to the themes of the bewildering state of childhood, humor, nightmare, and the surreal. It is considered a classic of humor, fantasy, and parody, and has been translated to other languages throughout the world from Arabic to Zulu.



8. What kind of poetry did Carroll write for his books?

Carroll's poetry was often a parody of rigid forms of conventional poetry but using nonsense words. Many of the poems sound familiar because they reflect the style of the original poet. The rhymes also fit perfectly which greatly confused Alice in the story, but which delights children who recognize the play on words.



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