From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

Book Worms Discussion Date: February 16, 2012

Discussion Questions

  1. Why does Claudia pick Jamie to run away with?  What do you think Claudia was running away from?
  2. Why does Mrs. Frankweiler say that flattery is an important machine? How does Claudia use this on Jamie?
  3. How would you describe Claudia’s escape plans?
  4. Why does Mrs. Frankweiler identify with Claudia?
  5. How do you think Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid felt when Claudia and Jamie ran away?
  6. Who is telling the story? To whom is she telling it?
  7. How does the New York Times article connect Claudia and Jamie to Mrs. Frankweiler?
  8. How do you feel about the way Jamie wins in cards against Bruce? How do you think friends should treat one another?
  9. How do Claudia and Jamie get more money?
  10. Why is the dust under a bed in the museum important to Claudia and Jamie?
  11. Why is the letter from the museum a disappointment?
  12. How does Claudia keep Jamie from going home?
  13. Why doesn’t Claudia want to tell Mrs. Frankweiler where they were hiding?
  14. Why are Mrs. Frankweiler’s files mixed up?
  15. Why does Jamie suggest that they go home after they get the museum’s letter?  Why does Claudia want to stay?
  16. Why do Mrs. Frankweiler and the children get along so well?
  17. How does Mrs. Frankweiler help both Claudia and Jamie get something they want?
  18. Why isn’t a secret much fun if no one knows you have it?

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