Millstone Education:
World Literature

Two children reading books

Discussion Questions for
The Princess and the Goblin

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Questions/pp. 1-54

The princess had lots and lots of toys, but they no longer interested her. Why do you think that happened?

On page 4 it says, ". . . you can't get tired of a thing before you have it." What do you think that means?

On page 5 it says, "It doesn't follow that she was lost, because she had lost herself, though." What do you think that means?

Do you think you would have believed the princess if she told you about the old and wise grandmother she had seen? Why or why not?

Questions/pp. 55-107

How would you describe Curdie?

How would you describe Irene?

On page 65 it says that "the less his mother said, the more Curdie believed she had to say." What do you think that means?

What does it mean when it says that the Princess was "lost in thought"? (pg. 71)

Questions/pp. 108-165

Why doesn't Curdie believe Irene about the thread leading her to him?

Do you think you would have believed her? Why or why not?

Irene says to Curdie, "Then if you don't know what I mean what right have you to call it nonsense?" What does she mean by this?

Irene can see her grandmother and Curdie cannot. Why do you think that is?

On page 121 it says,

"We are all very anxious to be understood, and it is very hard not to be. But there is one thing much more necessary."

"What is that, grandmother?"

"To understand other people."

"Yes, grandmother. I must be fair—for if I'm not fair to other people, I'm not worth being understood myself."

What do you think that means?

Did you like this story? Why or why not?

Did you have any favorite characters? If so, explain why.

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