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Have you read The Phantom Tollbooth? This book by Norton Juster tells the story of a bored boy whose life has turned around when a mysterious tollbooth transports him to the kingdom of wisdom, which is not troubled. His many adventures teach him what fun learning can be. If you have read it, be sure to take the quiz and refresh your memory.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What did the package Milo opened say would happen if someone were not completely satisfied?

    • A.

      Your wasted time would be not be refunded

    • B.

      Your money would be returned

    • C.

      Your money would not be returned

    • D.

      Your wasted time would be refunded

    Correct Answer
    D. Your wasted time would be refunded
    Explanation
    If someone is not completely satisfied with the package, the package states that their wasted time would be refunded. This means that if the person feels that their time was wasted by using the package, they can request a refund for the time they spent on it.

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  • 2. 

    Why was Milo surprised to see the package in his bedroom?

    • A.

      It was his birthday

    • B.

      It was not his birthday

    • C.

      It was Christmas

    • D.

      It was Easter

    Correct Answer
    B. It was not his birthday
    Explanation
    Milo was surprised to see the package in his bedroom because it was not his birthday. This suggests that receiving a package on his birthday would be expected, but receiving one on a day that is not his birthday is unexpected and therefore surprising to him.

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  • 3. 

    What is the place where nothing ever happens?

    • A.

      Dictionopolis

    • B.

      Doctoropolis

    • C.

      Doldrums

    • D.

      Drearydums

    Correct Answer
    C. Doldrums
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Doldrums. The doldrums refer to a region near the equator where the winds are calm and there is little to no movement. This term is often used metaphorically to describe a state of boredom, inactivity, or stagnation. Therefore, the doldrums can be seen as a place where nothing ever happens.

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  • 4. 

    What is not on the busy schedule of the Lethargarians?

    • A.

      Daydreaming

    • B.

      Dawdle and delay

    • C.

      Linger and loiter

    • D.

      Thinking and laughing

    Correct Answer
    D. Thinking and laughing
    Explanation
    The Lethargarians' busy schedule includes daydreaming, dawdling and delaying, as well as lingering and loitering. However, thinking and laughing are not included in their activities.

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  • 5. 

    What is unusual about the words that the 5 members of the king's cabinet say?

    • A.

      They are all synonyms

    • B.

      They are all antonyms

    • C.

      They are all homophones

    • D.

      They are all homonyms

    Correct Answer
    A. They are all synonyms
    Explanation
    The unusual thing about the words that the 5 members of the king's cabinet say is that they are all synonyms. This means that the words have similar meanings and can be used interchangeably in certain contexts. It is uncommon for a group of people to consistently use synonyms when speaking, as it can lead to confusion and miscommunication.

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  • 6. 

    What is Tock's job?

    • A.

      To make sure that everyone wastes time

    • B.

      To make sure that nobody wastes time

    • C.

      To make sure that everyone watches time

    • D.

      To make sure that nobody watches time

    Correct Answer
    B. To make sure that nobody wastes time
    Explanation
    Tock's job is to make sure that nobody wastes time. This means that Tock's responsibility is to ensure that everyone is productive and not engaging in any activities that are considered time-wasting.

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  • 7. 

    Who caused confusion in the Word Market?

    • A.

      Spelling Bee and Humbug

    • B.

      Spelling Bee and Milo

    • C.

      Milo and Humbug

    • D.

      Milo and Tock

    Correct Answer
    A. Spelling Bee and Humbug
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Spelling Bee and Humbug. In the question, it is stated that confusion was caused in the Word Market. Spelling Bee is a character known for her love of spelling and often causing confusion with her misspellings. Humbug is a character known for his deceptive and misleading behavior, which can also lead to confusion. Therefore, the combination of Spelling Bee and Humbug is the most likely cause of the confusion in the Word Market.

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  • 8. 

    Why did Officer Shrift arrest Milo and Tock?

    • A.

      Because they were in the market

    • B.

      Because of illegal barking

    • C.

      Because of legal barking

    • D.

      Because of remembering his birthday

    Correct Answer
    B. Because of illegal barking
    Explanation
    Officer Shrift arrested Milo and Tock because of illegal barking. This suggests that Milo and Tock were engaged in some form of disruptive or unlawful barking behavior, which likely violated local regulations or laws. The officer's action indicates that he considered their barking to be a nuisance or a disturbance to the public, leading to their arrest.

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  • 9. 

    Who did Milo and Tock find in the dungeon?

    • A.

      The Whether Man

    • B.

      The Spelling Bee

    • C.

      Faintly Macabre

    • D.

      The Humbug

    Correct Answer
    C. Faintly Macabre
    Explanation
    Milo and Tock found Faintly Macabre in the dungeon.

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  • 10. 

    What was the job of the Official Which?

    • A.

      Choosing which words to be used

    • B.

      Choosing which words not to be used

    • C.

      Choosing which numbers to be used

    • D.

      Choosing which numbers not to be used

    Correct Answer
    A. Choosing which words to be used
    Explanation
    The job of the Official Which was to choose which words to be used.

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  • 11. 

    Why was the Official Which thrown into the dungeon?

    • A.

      Because of using too many words

    • B.

      Because of using boring words

    • C.

      Because of being miserly with words

    • D.

      Because of being generous with words

    Correct Answer
    C. Because of being miserly with words
    Explanation
    The Official Which was thrown into the dungeon because they were being miserly with words. This suggests that they were not using enough words or not communicating effectively. Their lack of willingness to express themselves adequately may have been seen as a hindrance or a sign of insincerity, leading to their punishment.

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  • 12. 

    Why is the return of Rhyme and Reason important to Faintly Macabre?

    • A.

      Because Mrs. Jenkins wants them to help her

    • B.

      Because they will keep her in the dungeon

    • C.

      Because they are the only thing that can't help her

    • D.

      Because they are the only thing that can help her

    Correct Answer
    D. Because they are the only thing that can help her
    Explanation
    The return of Rhyme and Reason is important to Faintly Macabre because they are the only thing that can help her. This suggests that Rhyme and Reason possess some sort of knowledge, power, or ability that is crucial for Faintly Macabre's situation. Without their help, she may be unable to solve her problem or overcome her challenges.

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  • 13. 

    According to Faintly Macabre, what was the last thing King Azaz and the Mathemagician ever agreed on?

    • A.

      Having the three princesses decide all problems

    • B.

      Having the two princesses decide all problems

    • C.

      Adopting the two princesses

    • D.

      Banishing the two princesses

    Correct Answer
    D. Banishing the two princesses
    Explanation
    According to Faintly Macabre, the last thing King Azaz and the Mathemagician ever agreed on was banishing the two princesses.

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  • 14. 

    What did the princesses decide in arbitration?

    • A.

      Words are more important than numbers

    • B.

      Numbers are more important than words

    • C.

      Words and numbers are of equal value

    • D.

      Words and numbers are not of equal value

    Correct Answer
    C. Words and numbers are of equal value
    Explanation
    The princesses decided that words and numbers are of equal value in arbitration.

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  • 15. 

    What did Milo have to do at the banquet since he was the guest of honor?

    • A.

      Choose the menu

    • B.

      Choose the speakers

    • C.

      Say the last speech

    • D.

      Clean his plate

    Correct Answer
    A. Choose the menu
    Explanation
    Milo had to choose the menu at the banquet since he was the guest of honor. As the guest of honor, it is customary for him to have the privilege of selecting the dishes that will be served to the attendees. This responsibility is often given to the guest of honor as a gesture of respect and to ensure that their preferences and dietary restrictions are taken into consideration.

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  • 16. 

    What half-baked idea did Milo wrap up for later?

    • A.

      Everything happens for the worst

    • B.

      Everything happens for a reason

    • C.

      Everything happens for the best

    • D.

      Everything happens for no reason

    Correct Answer
    C. Everything happens for the best
    Explanation
    Milo wrapped up the half-baked idea that everything happens for the best for later. This suggests that Milo believes that all events and situations, no matter how negative they may seem in the moment, ultimately lead to the best possible outcome.

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  • 17. 

    What did King Azaz give Milo for protection on his journey?

    • A.

      All of the numbers that he knew

    • B.

      All of the words that he knew

    • C.

      Some of the words that he knew

    • D.

      None of the words that he knew

    Correct Answer
    B. All of the words that he knew
    Explanation
    In the story, "The Phantom Tollbooth," King Azaz gives Milo all of the words that he knows for protection on his journey. This is because words have power and can be used to navigate through different situations and solve problems. By giving Milo all of the words he knows, King Azaz is equipping him with the tools necessary to communicate, understand, and overcome challenges along his journey.

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  • 18. 

    What was the only thing that Alec Bings could not see?

    • A.

      Whatever is right behind his nose

    • B.

      Whatever is around anything else

    • C.

      Whatever is covered by anything else

    • D.

      Whatever is right in front of his nose

    Correct Answer
    D. Whatever is right in front of his nose
    Explanation
    Alec Bings could not see whatever is right in front of his nose. This implies that he has a limited field of vision and is unable to perceive objects that are very close to him.

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  • 19. 

    What jobs did the man in the house have?

    • A.

      Giant, midget, fat man, and thin man

    • B.

      Giant, midget, tall man, and short man

    • C.

      Fat man, thin man, tall man, and short man

    • D.

      Fat man, thin man, ordinary, and extraordinary man

    Correct Answer
    A. Giant, midget, fat man, and thin man
  • 20. 

    Why did the city of Reality disappear?

    • A.

      People stopped looking at it

    • B.

      People started looking at it

    • C.

      People stopped listening to it

    • D.

      People never listened to it

    Correct Answer
    A. People stopped looking at it
    Explanation
    The city of Reality disappeared because people stopped looking at it. This suggests that the city only exists as long as people acknowledge its existence. Once people stopped paying attention to it, the city ceased to exist. This implies that the city's existence is dependent on people's perception and attention towards it.

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  • 21. 

    How is the concert different than usual ones?

    • A.

      You listen to it

    • B.

      You touch it

    • C.

      You watch it

    • D.

      You smell it

    Correct Answer
    C. You watch it
    Explanation
    The concert is different than usual ones because instead of just listening to it, you also have the opportunity to watch it. This suggests that there is a visual component to the concert, such as a live performance or a video projection, which enhances the overall experience for the audience.

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  • 22. 

    What happened when Chroma had the orchestra to stop playing?

    • A.

      All color appeared

    • B.

      All color vanished

    • C.

      All color changed to orange

    • D.

      All color changed to red

    Correct Answer
    B. All color vanished
    Explanation
    When Chroma had the orchestra stop playing, all color vanished. This suggests that the presence of color was somehow dependent on the music being played by the orchestra. As soon as the music stopped, the colors disappeared, indicating a strong connection between sound and color in this scenario.

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