Answer in Complete Sentences:

1. Why does the man Jack visit the tall house on the side of the hill? How does he track his prey?
2. How does the baby manage to escape the fate of his family?
3. Why does Mistress Owens feel an obligation to protect the baby? How does she and the mysterious stranger named Silas save him?
4. How does Nobody get his name? How will he exist in the graveyard ?
5. Who is the Lady on the Grey? How does she help settle the dispute in the graveyard?
6. Why does Silas pay a visit to the tall house on the side of the hill and what does he find?

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Silas is described as a solitary stranger who belongs neither to the world of the living nor to the world of the dead. What peculiar habits and attributes does he possess? What predictions can you make about him at this point in the story? Use specific details from the book.


Answer in Complete Sentences:
1. Why is Bod restricted to the graveyard?
2. How does Bod learn his ABCs, even though he doesn't attend school?
3. How does Scarlett and Bod become friends? Why are Scarlett’s parents convinced that Bod must be an imaginary playmate?
4. Why does Bod visit Caius Pompeius? What does he learn about the oldest bodies in the graveyard?
5. What discoveries does Bod and Scarlett make?
6. Who is the Sleer? How and what does it guard and protect?
7. Why is Silas doubtful that Bod would ever see Scarlett again? What parting thoughts does Scarlett leave with Bod?

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Silas told Bod that “some skills can be attained by education, some by practice andsome by time.” Give several examples of skills that belong in each category that Bod needs to learn. Then describe how he might acquire these skills.


Answer in Complete Sentences:
1. Why does Silas ask Miss Lupescu to serve as Bod’s temporary guardian? How does Bod feel about this arrangement?
2. What is a ghoul-gate and how could you spot one in a graveyard? Why is Bod will ing to pass through the gate?
3. How does the ghouls' behavior towards Bod change once he enters their kingdom?
4. Why does Bod feel that he is “between the devil and the deep blue sea” as he is being carried in Victor Hugo’s sack?
5. How does Miss Lupescu’s lessons prove useful to Bod?
6. What surprising discovery does Bod make about Miss Lupescu? How does she fulfill her job?

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Do you think that Miss Lupescu is being truthful when she claims that the big gray dog in the graveyard is not her dog? What makes you say this?


1. Why is Bod warned to stay away from the far corner of the graveyard?
2. Why is Mr. Pennyworth disappointed in Bod’s progress?
3. Why is Liza Hempstock’s neighbors determined that she is a witch? How does Liza get her revenge?
4. Why does Bod return to the barrow? How does he plan to use one of the treasures guarded by the Sleer?
5. How does Bod display courage in the face of the Sleer?
6. Why does Abanazer Bolger believe that Bod presented him with two kinds of treasure?
7. Why does Abanazer Bolger invite Bod into the back room for tea and a chat?
8. Why does Liza thank Bod for doing the first nice thing in five hundred years?
9. How does Liza help Bod escape from the locked room? How does Bod help himself?
10. How does Silas, the Sleer and Mr. Owens each react when Bod returns to the graveyard?

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“Sometimes. Mostly, no. It’s like the people who believe they’ll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but you learn it doesn’t work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”
Who is saying this in Chapter Four and what is he talking about? Incorporate your own thoughts in your answer.


1. Why did Mistress Owen push Bod out into the cold?
2. How did the living prepare to dance the Macabray?
3. Why did Bod suddenly feel a sense of panic in the graveyard? What helped him over-
come his fears?4. What surprising event happened at the stroke of midnight?5. How did Bod feel as he danced? How did these feelings change after the dance with the lady in the cobweb dress?6. How did the inhabitants of the graveyard respond to Bod’s questions after the dance?
7. Why did the silver-haired man at the dinner criticize the man Jack?

Digging Deeper – Write out
What do you think Mother Slaughter meant when she said, “Things blossom in their
time. They bud and bloom, blossom and fade. Everything in its time”?


1. Why did Mrs. Owens fear for Bod?
2. Why was Scarlett’s mother upset when she learned how her daughter met Mr. Frost?
3. How did Scarlett become reacquainted with Bod? What unusual abilities did Scarlett seem to possess?
4. At the age of fourteen, what bothered Bod most about life among the dead?
5. Why did Scarlett visit the public library? What did she learn?
6. What surprising discovery did Bod make about Mr. Frost?
7. Why did the Jacks of All Trades want to kill Bod?
8. How had Silas, Miss Lupescu, and other members of the Honour Guard protected Bod from the Jacks?
9. How did Bod save himself from the remaining five Jacks?
10. Why did Silas take away some of the memories of Scarlett and her mother?
11. Why was the triumph over the Jacks a bittersweet experience for Bod?

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Do you agree with Silas that people want to forget the impossible because it makes
their world safer? How might this chapter ending have changed if Silas had not taken

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