Ella Enchanted
By Gail Carson Lavine
wary
cautious
menagerie
• A collection of live wild
animals on exhibition
docile
• Peaceful, calm
succumb
• To submit to an
overpowering force or yield
to a desire
bestow
• To present as a gift or an
honor, grant, bequeath,
donate
ravenous
• Extremely hungry,
famished, starving
Spectacle
• An unusual or impressive public display
Impertinence
• Rude, insolent, saucy
malice
• Ill will,
• Desire to cause injury or distress to another
Inaudible
• Not capable of being heard
ferocity
• Fierce, savage, extremely intense
interrogate
• To question formally
Comprehension Questions: Chapters 1-3
1. Is Lucinda’s “gift” a gift or a curse?
2. Why does Ella say that the gift is
dangerous?
3. What happens to Ella if she tries to disobey
an order?
4. Describe Ella’s relationship with her father.
5. Why did Ella’s mother get so sick when
Ella gets better?
6. What does Mandy reveal about herself to
Ella after Ella’s mother dies?
Chapters 4-5
7. Why wouldn’t Mandy do big magic?
8. Who was the only fairy that would do big
magic?
9. List adjectives that best describe Lucinda.
Why did you choose those adjectives?
10. Describe Dame Olga’s daughters.
11. What does Mandy tell Ella about Ella’s
family line?
12. Why is Ella’s father sending her away?
Where is he sending her?
Chapter 5
13. How does Ella feel about her father?
How does he feel about her? What
evidence do you have to support your
answer?
14. Why doesn’t Ella’s father know about her
curse?
15. Why does Mandy advise Ella not to let
him find out?
16. What two presents did Mandy give Ella
before she left?
Chapters 6 - 8
17. Why are ogres so dangerous?
18. Where in chapter 7 do you see an instance
of foreshadowing?
19. How does Hattie figure out that Ella had
to obey her commands?
20. Why doesn’t Hattie tell anyone?
21. What was special about the book Mandy
gave Ella?