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Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 02

Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 02

Matilda by Roald Dahl Summary (Question and Answer)

Chapter Two (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

CHAPTER TWO – Mr Wormwood, The Great Car Dealer.

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Matilda’s father was a second-hand car dealer. One day he tells Matilda and her brother about one of the tricks which he uses to help him sell more cars. What does he need sawdust for?

Mr Wormwood tells his children that second-hand cars, which have had their gears worn-out by their previous owners, can be bought very cheaply. They can then be sold for a large profit if sawdust is mixed with the oil as this will temporarily stop the gears from rattling.

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In addition to cars with worn-out gears, Mr Wormwood also knows a way of making a large profit on cars which have done a lot of miles. What is this trick?

Mr Wormwood tells his children that you can’t change the milometer on modern cars, like you could on older models, but you can alter them as the milometer runs backwards whilst the car is in reverse. Rather than drive them backwards for hundreds of thousands of miles, however, Mr Wormwood disconnects the cable and uses a drill to trick the milometer into running backwards at an incredible speed.

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What does Matilda think about the ‘trade secrets’ that her father uses to trick customers into buying his cars?

Matilda thinks that her father’s tricks are dishonest and that he is cheating people.

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Dahl describes Mrs Wormwood’s physical appearance in some detail. She is a large woman who wore lots of makeup and had ‘platinum blond’ hair, ‘except where you could see the mousy-brown bits growing out from the roots’. What does Dahl mean by this?

Dahl means that Mrs Wormwood has bleached her hair a very light shade of blond. Her hair is naturally ‘mousy-brown’ and so if you look at the roots of her hair you can see her natural colour growing out.

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Matilda finds herself feeling very angry at her parents and especially frustrated about being called ‘ignorant’ and stupid. That night, as Matilda lay in her bed, she made a decision. What was this?

Matilda decided that ‘every time her father or her mother was beastly to her, she would get her own back in some way or another’. As her father had upset her that evening, he would be first on the list!

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Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 19

Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 19

Matilda by Roald Dahl Summary (Question and Answer)

Chapter Nineteen (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

CHAPTER NINETEEN – A New Home.
125 79 The following day, when Trunchball failed to arrive at school, Mr Trilby, the deputy head of the school, goes in search of the headmistress. When he visits Trunchball’s house he is surprised to find the front door unlocked. When he starts to investigate inside the house he discovers that everything seems to be in order. On closer inspection, however, he discovers something to his surprise. What was this? When Mr Trilby opens up the cupboards and drawers inside the house, he is surprised to find them all empty. Finally he concludes that she has run away.
126 79 On the second day after Trunchbull’s disappearance, Miss Honey received a letter. What good news did this letter deliver? This letter was from a firm of local solicitors and it informed Miss Honey that her father’s will had finally been found. It declared that the house, along with his life-savings, were to go to his daughter in the event of his death.
127 80 Trunchball’s disappearance is also good news for the school where Mr Triby now became Headmaster. Among the positive changes he made was to move Matilda up to the top form where she excelled. After a number of weeks, during which Matilda and Miss Honey became even closer friends, Matilda told her something strange had happened – she could no longer move objects with the power of her eyes. Miss Honey was not at all surprised to hear this, however. How does Miss Honey explain the loss of her powers? Miss Honey suggests that the reason why Matilda had been able to develop her ability to move objects with her eyes in the first place was because she had nothing to do in class. All of the frustration and energy created by her enormous brain kept being bottled up until Matilda learned how to shoot it out from her eyes. Things were different now, however. As Matilda had been transferred to the top form, all of the energy her brain was creating was now being used up during the lessons.
128 81 When Matilda returned home from Miss Honey’s house, she was greeted by a buzz of activity. What was going on? Her parents told her that they were all packing their suitcases and would be moving to Spain that very evening.
129 82 With this news, Matilda went straight back to Miss Honey’s house to tell her what was going on. Was Miss Honey surprised to hear this news, and why did she think it was happening? Miss Honey was not at all surprised to hear that the Wormwoods were leaving the country. She tells Matilda that it was common knowledge throughout the village that Mr Wormwood was working with a bunch of criminals. Miss Honey supposed that the police were now involved and so he was running away to Spain.
130 83 Matilda tells Miss Honey that she doesn’t want to leave with her family. On what condition does Miss Honey tell Matilda that she can live with her? Miss Honey tells Matilda that it would be ‘heaven’ to live together, but only on one condition; if Matilda’s parents agree to it.
131 84 Matilda and Miss Honey rush as quickly as they can to see the Wormwoods. They explain that Matilda would rather stay in England and ask permission for her to live with Miss Honey. What is her parent’s attitude to this question? The Wormwoods don’t seem particularly bothered about losing their daughter saying that it would be ‘one less to look after’. As Matilda and Miss Honey hug each other joyously, the Wormwoods drive away. Matilda’s brother waved to his sister out of the rear window of the car but her parents don’t even look back and just drive off.

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Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 18

Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 18

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Chapter Eighteen (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN – The Third Miracle.
118 75 The following day was Thursday and so the class prepared themselves for their next lesson with Trunchball. What did Miss Honey tell the class that Trunchball would probably be testing them on? Miss Honey tells the class that Trunchball would most likely be testing them on their three-times table, as that is what they have been learning that week.
119 75 Trunchball picks on a young boy named Wilfred to test first of all. What does she ask him to do? Trunchball asks Wilfred to recite the three-times-table; backwards!
120 76 Trunchball continues to ask Wilfred a series of very difficult questions. What does she do to the unfortunate child when he is unable to answer the third question? Trunchball performed a trick on Wilfred and, using judo or karate, flipped the poor boy into the air before catching him by one of his ankles. She then held him upside down and continued to ask him questions.
121 77 Whilst Trunchball continued to pick on Wilfred, Nigel noticed something amazing happening at the other end of the classroom. A piece of chalk was hovering in the air, and then began to write on the blackboard. What was the first word that it wrote? The first word written by the mysterious piece of chalk was ‘Agatha’.
122 78 The mysterious piece of chalk continued to write on the board telling Agatha that it was being controlled by Magnus. What two things does it tell Agatha to give back to Jenny? The mysterious piece of chalk tells Agatha to give Jenny back her wages and her house.
123 78 In reaction to this overwhelming event, Trunchball faints and falls flat on her back. How does Nigel attempt to revive his headmistress? Nigel announces that his father has told him that the best way to revive a person who has fainted is to pour ice cold water over them. He therefore grabs Trunchball’s jug of water and tips it over her head.
124 79 The Matron is quick to arrive with a number of other people. How many people does it take to carry Trunchball to the sick-room? It took six people in total to carry Trunchball to the sick-room.

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Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 17

Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 17

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Chapter Seventeen (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN – The Practice.
116 73 Matilda began to develop an idea for helping Miss Honey but to do so would require a great deal of work. What object does Matilda take from the sideboard to help her practice and was this ideal for what she had in mind? Matilda went to the side board and opened a draw where she knew her father kept a box of cigars. She took one of these to practice on. The cigar would be fine to practice on as its weight was about perfect, but it was perhaps a little thicker than she would have liked.
117 74 Matilda practiced tirelessly with the cigar, learning how to lift it into the air and hold it there for a prolonged period of time whilst moving it around at will. Every day, after she returned home from school, she would lock herself in her bedroom and practice with it. How many days did it take for Matilda to feel confident that she had mastered it? It took Matilda six days of practice to master being able to lift the cigar with nothing more than the power of her eyes and then move it around the air at will.

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Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 16

Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 16

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Chapter Sixteen (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

CHAPTER SIXTEEN – The Names.
115 73 Matilda is amazed by this news. On the way back to her house she asks miss Honey three questions. What were these questions and what were the answers? The first question Matilda asks Miss Honey was ‘what did Trunchbull call your father around the house’, to which Miss Honey replied: Magnus. The second question was ‘what did your father call Trunchbull around the house’. The answer to which was Agatha. The third question was ‘what did they call you around the house’, the answer to which was Jenny.

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Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 15

Matilda By Roald Dahl Chapter 15

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Chapter Fifteen (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

CHAPTER FIFTEEN – Miss Honey’s Story.
109 66-67 Curious about why Miss Honey lived in such a simple way, Matilda asks her a few difficult questions about her lifestyle. After an awkward silence, Miss Honey opens up and tells Matilda about her childhood. Miss Honey’s father had been the village doctor and her mother had died when Miss Honey was still very young. Shortly after this first tragedy, Miss Honey’s father also died. How did this happen? Miss Honey’s father committed suicide. However Miss Honey tells Matilda that the death of her father had been very mysterious and no one could believe that he would have taken his own life.
110 68 After the death of her parents, Miss Honey was raised by her aunt who she describes as ‘a demon’ adding that her ‘life became a nightmare’. Why didn’t Miss Honey go to any of her other aunts, uncles or family members for help? Miss Honey tells Matilda that she couldn’t go to any other family member as they were all either dead, or they had gone to Australia.
111 69 Discussing her childhood in some detail, Miss Honey told Matilda that she had always been a bright pupil and, after she finished school, she had the grades to have been accepted into university. Why was she unable to go, however? Miss Honey was unable to go to university as she was needed around the house to do all the work for her aunt.
112 69 Even after Miss Honey started working as a teacher, she was still unable to escape her aunt who had a contract prepared which transferred the vast majority of Miss Honey’s salary straight to her bank account. How much money did Miss Honey get? Miss Honey only got £1a week pocket money, all the rest of her wages went straight to her aunt.
113 70 Miss Honey finally managed to escape when she persuaded a farmer to rent her the cottage I which she now lived. How much did the farmer charge Miss Honey in rent? The farmer couldn’t believe that anyone could live in the cottage as there was no running water or modern appliances. Miss Honey told him that she was a romantic and had fallen in love with the cottage and so he charged her just 10 pence per week.
114 71 Miss Honey tells Matilda that she thinks that her aunt forged documents showing that her father left the family home to her and not to Miss Honey. However Miss Honey was unable to contest this in a court of law for two reasons. First of all she had no money to hire a lawyer and secondly her aunt is a respected member of the community who is believed and trusted by many people in the village. What was the profession of Miss Honey’s aunt and what was her name. Miss Honey’s aunt was a school head mistress and was none other than Miss Trunchbull.

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