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Matilda by Roald Dahl Summary (Question and Answer)

Chapter Seven (Matilda by Roald Dahl)

CHAPTER SEVEN – The Trunchbull
49. 27 After the class with Matilda, Miss Honey went straight to see Miss Trunchbull. Why was this? Miss Honey wanted to discuss Matilda with Miss Trunchbull. She especially felt that it would be ridiculous to leave such a brilliant student in the bottom class.
50. 27 Dahl describes Miss Trunchbull as a terrifying person. What had she been famous for in her younger days? Miss Trunchbull had been a famous athlete and still possessed the muscles to prove it.
51. 28 Miss Trunchbull knows who Matilda is because she had met her father the previous day. How had this occurred? Miss Trunchbull had gone to Wormwood Motors to buy a car the previous day, and had met Matilda’s father when he sold her a car.
52. 28 Mr Wormwood had warned Miss Trunchbull about his daughter. What had he told her if ‘anything bad ever happened in the school’? Mr Wormwood had told Miss Trunchbull that it was bound to be Matilda’s fault if ‘anything bad ever happened in the school’.
53. 28 During this discussion, what does Miss Trunchbull decide Matilda was guilty of? Miss Trunchbull decides that Matilda was responsible for putting a stink bomb under her desk that morning.
54. 29 Miss Trunchbull is certain that Matilda must be a trouble maker based on what the girl’s father had told her the day before. Nevertheless, Miss Honey carries on praising the little girl and suggests that she is transferred to the top class with the eleven year olds. Why does Miss Trunchbull think Miss Honey wants Matilda transferred to this class? Based on her unshakable belief that Matilda was a ‘gangster’, Miss Trunchbull thinks that Miss Honey must be unable to cope with the young girl and now wants to unload her onto another teacher.
55. 30 Adamant that Matilda was responsible for putting a stink bomb under her desk, Miss Trunchbull tells Miss Honey that she wished that she was ‘still allowed to use the birch and belt as I did in the good old days!’ What does Miss Trunchbull mean by this? The ‘birch and the belt’ refer to corporal punishment. Miss Trunchbull wishes that she could still use the birch, otherwise known as the cane, or a belt to punish Matilda and other unruly students.

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