Answer Key for The Maze Runner by James Dasher Chapter 7-8, pages 42-57 Share your personal vocabulary words with your group and record any word(s) and definition that you were not sure of. Challenging Vocabulary Words Use a dictionary and the context clues provided in the novel to define the following word Chapter 7 lodged (pg. 44): to settle in one place (past tense) baffling (pg. 44): confusing, puzzling skittering (pg. 45): to go run or glide lightly or rapidly Chapter 8 muffled (pg. 53): to deaden sounds by wrapping or other means palpable (pg. 55): readily or plainly seen or heard; obvious, evident; capable of being touched or felt morbid (pg. 56): gloomy, unpleasant feeling; often associated with death Comprehension Questions 1. What information does Thomas learn on the tour? He learned about the Box and that they got supplies from it once a week and a new boy once a month. The Glade is cut into 4 sections: Gardens, Blood House, Homestead, and Deadheads. He learned that boys had died there and that Alby had been there the longest, two years. 2. What surprising event happened at the end of Chapter 7? How did the others react? Why? The surprising event happened was another Newbies was coming up in the Box. The others were stunned, they never got two people in two days, usually it is one a month. 3. What happened when the kids tried to send various items down in the Box and/or the hole? Why did they stop trying? It would not move if someone was inside it. People fell into the hole and never returned. A boy tried going down an ivy rope and was cut in half. They tried everything they could think of and nothing worked, so they just quit trying. They were afraid more boys would be hurt. 4. What was different about this Newbie? The Newbie was a girl, she was unconscious, and she was clutching a note. She arrived the day after Thomas. 5. What did the note say? She’s the last one. Ever.