Ideas for Reports and Papers
1. Often, the Baudelaires end up doing adult work like keeping house for Count Olaf or working at the sawmill. Children used to do such work. Research the history of child labor. When and where did laws come into place limiting children working? Why? Does child labor still exist in some places in the world?
2. Find out how one would become a herpetologist (like Uncle Monty in the second book). What training would it take, and what kind of work would a herpetologist do?
3. The Baudelaires learn to cook puttanesca sauce in the first book. Find a recipe you would like to make, and write it down. If you can, try it out, and report how it went. See if you can find a cookbook for children, and tell about it.
4. Klaus becomes hypnotized in The Miserable Mill. Do a report on hypnosis, what it is, its history, its limitations, and how it can be used today. Is hypnosis real or just something you would see in a movie?
5. Are there really surgery theaters as in The Hostile Hospital? What are they used for? Have you ever been to a hospital? If so, what was it like? How are hospitals organized?
6. Find out whatever you can on the author Daniel Handler, and write a report.
7. In The Ersatz Elevator the author makes fun of the Squalors for being so worried about what is "in" and what is "out." Do real people worry about such things, and why? Take a survey of your peers to find out what is "in" and what is "out." Why is being fashionable so important in today's society?
8. In The Vile Village, the Quagmires escape in a hot air balloon. Write a history of ballooning, and find out where, why, and how people fly balloons today.