A Wrinkle in Time
Can Three Children Overcome the Force of It?
Chapter 2: Mrs. Who


  • warily- cautiously
  • avid- eager
  • tractable- easy to manage or teach
  • antagonistic- hostile
  • sagely- wisely
  • inadvertently- unintentionally
  • placidly- calmly
  • dilapidated- broken-down; in terrible condition
  • raucous- hoarse and loud
  • assimilate- absorb

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why was Mrs. Murray so alarmed when Mrs. Whatsit mentioned a "tesseract"?
  2. Why does Meg think Mr. Jenkins’ concern for her is an act?
  3. Why does Charles Wallace think that learning to read will make school harder for him next year?
  4. What does Calvin mean when he calls himself a "sport"?
  5. What do Calvin and Charles Wallace have in common aside from being sports?
  6. What is peculiar about Mrs. Who’s manner of speech?
  7. Why have Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit come to the Murry’s area?