2Characters Mrs.Frisby - a widow and mother of four children. Cynthia - the youngest and always frightened.Timothy - the next to the youngest and very frail.Martin - the oldest and strongest.Teresa - the next to the oldest and very caring for Timothy.Mr. Ages - has all the medicine and is very old.Jeremy – the crowDragon – the cat
3Setting Mr. Fitzgibbon’s farm Mrs. Frisby’s house: a cinder block in the ground
4Problem Mrs. Frisby’s youngest son has pneumonia. They live right in the path of the spring plowing machine.Timothy won’t be able to move for at least a month.They may plow in 4 or 5 days.
6Ch. 1 Questions1. Describe the treasure found by Mrs. Frisby. Why didn’t she take it all at once? Why didn’t she feel guilty about taking it?2. Do you think Mrs. Frisby was a good mother? Give evidence to support your thinking.3. The author uses foreboding in this chapter to give us a sense that a misfortunate event is going to occur. Explain the example the author uses.
8Ch. 2 Questions1. How does Mrs. Frisby explain Timothy’s frailness?2. Why would it be unusual that a mouse would be white from old age?3. Thinking back to chapter one, why is Mr. Ages’ prognosis disturbing?
12Ch. 4 Questions1. Why was moving day so important? 2. Why did Mrs. Frisby dread moving day this year? How did the warmth of the day add to her worries? 3. What do you think Mr. Frisby meant when he told Mrs. Frisby, “All doors are hard to unlock until you have the key”?
18Ch. 7 Questions1. Explain the statement: “She knew something of the dietary habits of owls and she did not much like the idea of being trapped.”2. The author uses a simile to describe the river from Mrs. Frisby’s point of view. Explain.3. Besides physical traits, describe the owl?
22Ch. 9 Questions1. How did Timothy know that it was almost moving day? 2. What did the author mean by the following: “Mrs. Frisby realized that he had somehow switched their positions”? 3. Describe the entranceway to the rats’ domain. Do you think the author paints a picture with his description? How important is description to writing?
24Ch. 10 Questions1. Why was Mrs. Frisby fearful of seeing Brutus again? How did Mr. Ages help her with her fear?2. The animal’s response to Mrs. Frisby is great respect. What could this foreshadow in the story?3. What did Mrs. Frisby have to promise before Mr. Ages would take her to talk to Nicodemus?
34Ch. 15 Questions1. According to Nicodemus, what was the worst part of their capture?2. Identify the following people: Dr. Schultz, Julie, and George3. Analyze Nicodemus’ statement: “Yet for twenty of us those injections were to change our whole lives.” Explain what you think happened to the rats in the lab.
36Ch.16 Questions1. What type of doctor was Dr. Schultz? Describe the main purpose of his experimentation.2. Why was the maze so frustrating for Nicodemus?3. Justify Justin’s thinking he assured Nicodemus that if he were captured, he would not be harmed. Explain the scientists’ reaction to Justin’s escape attempt4. Explain your opinion about animal experimentation
38Ch. 17 Questions1. What important information did Justin learn during his time out of his cage?2. Why was Dr. Schultz excited about the test results? Was his caution his undoing? Explain.3. Why wouldn’t Justin allow Nicodemus to accompany him outside of the cage? Do you agree with his reasoning? Explain.
40Ch. 18 Questions1. What made Justin so sure that the air ducts would be the best escape route? Who were the mice that escaped with the rats?2. On what basis was Nicodemus chosen to be the leader of the rats? What qualities make a good leader?3. What concerns did Jenner have for the rats’ future? Are his concerns justified? Explain.