Ideas for Reports and Papers
1. Compare Alice's adventures in Wonderland with Dorothy's adventures in Oz. How do both stories emphasize the competence of young girls to deal with challenging situations? How is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland more an intellectual challenge and The Wizard of Oz more an emotional challenge?
2. How might Alice have answered the caterpillar differently about her own identity?
3. Pick out at least ten puns in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and explain the double meaning of each.
4. Compare Tenniel's illustrations with those in one of the other editions. How are they different? Which do you prefer, and why?
5. Some critics argue that Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is not for all young readers, and should always be tested on them by reading parts of it aloud in class. Explain why you agree or disagree with this notion.
6. The garden turns out to be nothing like Alice expected. What does Carroll seem to mean by the symbolism in the garden?