1. The Rats of NIMH speak of their annual light
bulb harvest. Compare this to a harvest of something you are
Possible Answer: My family owns an apple orchard. In the
fall of the year we have an annual harvest of apples. It is a very
busy time of the year. Apples must be harvested with great care so
they do not bruise. We have seven different varieties of apples.
Once the apples are harvested they are put into pecks, half bushels
and bushels and are stored in our warehouse market. People come to
buy them, and in no time at all we are sold out!
2. Mrs. Frisby gasped as she experienced the
movement of an elevator for the first time. Explain the feelings
someone experiences as an elevator ascends and descends.
Possible Answer: When an elevator ascends it makes me feel like
there's something living in my stomach. It is a very uncomfortable
feeling. However, descending gives me a completely different
feeling. It's kind of like you're weightless. It's fun
to jump up just before the elevator stops!
3. What do you think "The Plan" is?
Possible Answer: I think "The Plan" is a very carefully
and well thought out plan to overtake the Fitzgibbon farm. I believe
the rats are going to continue to build their underground tunnel in the
rosebush. They will also gather more technology that will give them
more and more power. They already have electricity! They
also have figured out how to put a cat to sleep using powder.
Eventually they will take over the entire farm!
4. Mrs. Frisby refers to her husband's saying,
"How easy it is to unlock a door when you have the key."
Write about an incident in your own life in which Mr. Frisby's saying
would also apply.
Possible Answer: The time I remember the best is when I did not
understand how to put fractions in lowest form. I struggled and
struggled with this. Mr. Adams my teacher tried to help me and so
did my older brother. It wasn't until I asked my Grandpa to help me
that I began to understand. I guess he gave me the right key.
He helped me see that it's important to understand the relationship
between division and how it's the key. 4/8 = 1/2 I simply
divide the numerator and the denominator by the greatest common factor of
both 4 and 8.
5. The net falls over Nichodemus and three other
rats. Predict what will occur next.
Possible Answer: I think the rats will be put into a container
and exterminated with some kind of poison. However, they have to
escape because there are more chapters in this book!