A Wrinkle in Time
Can Three Children Overcome the Force of It?
Chapter 8: The Transparent Column


  • connotations: associated meanings
  • swivet: extreme agitation
  • pedantic: unimaginative; boring
  • emanate: come from; flow from
  • ominous: foreshadowing evil
  • sadist: one who enjoys causing others pain
  • sulfurous: hellish

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What does Charles Wallace tell Calvin and Meg about Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which?
  2. Why does Meg chose not to take Calvin's hand when they follow Charles Wallace down the corridor?
  3. When force proves unsuccessful, what does Meg suggest that Calvin do toget through to Charles Wallace?
  4. What does Charles Wallace say that a father is?
  5. What happens to a citizen of Camazotz who get a cold?
  6. How does Charles Wallace make the corridor wall disappear?
  7. According to Charles Wallace, why are all of the people on Camazotz happy?