1. The climax of a story is the point when the
problem is solved or there is a major turning point. Can you find
the climax to this story?
Possible Answer: The climax of the story occurs when Omri makes the
decision to send the little people back to their times.
2. Did you like the way Omri solved his
problems? What are other ways he could have solved them?
Possible Answer: I think that if Omri would have told his
parents about what happened he might not have had as many
problems. His parents would have been able to help him solve many
of the problems he found himself in.
3. Why was it important to Omri that he return
the little people to their times? Explain why.
Possible Answer: I think it was very important to send them
back. I do not think they belonged living in 2001. Too many
things have changed and they would not have been able to adjust to these
4. Which do you think had the magic, the
cupboard or the key? Choose one and give reasons for your answer.
Possible Answer: I think the key was magic. The reasons I
believe this is because it was a very special key because it belonged to
someone very special. I also believe this to be true because he
always turned the key after he closed the door.
5. Now that you have finished reading The Indian
in the Cupboard, do you have some questions that were left unanswered
-Did Omri's mother know that the key was magic?
-How did Little Bear raise the big beams of the long house by himself?
-Didn't Omri ever feel guilty about keeping Little Bear prisoner?
-After the trouble between Little Bear and Boone began the first
morning, why didn't Omri send Boone back?
Make a list of additional questions you have.
How did Little Bear know that the white men were stealing Indian lands?
Why didn't the lunchroom lady punish the boys?
Why didn't Little Bear ask where he was right away?
What happens when Little Bear and Boone return home?