A Wrinkle in Time
Can Three Children Overcome the Force of It?
Chapter 12: The Foolish and the Weak


  • exuberance- joy, enthusiasm
  • ceased- stopped
  • reiterating- repeating
  • vestige- trace
  • appallingly- dismayingly; disgustingly
  • abruptly- suddenly
  • unadulterated- complete; pure
  • vulnerable- open to attack
  • formidably- impressively; frighteningly

Comprehension Questions

  1. What about Mrs. Whatsit's manner surprises Meg?
  2. Why does it have to be Meg that goes to Camazotz to rescue Charles Wallace?
  3. How do Calvin and Mr. Murry respond to the idea that it must be Meg who goes to Camazotz?
  4. According to Mrs. Whatsit, why is life like a sonnet?
  5. What makes tessering back to Camazotz so risky?
  6. What does Mrs. Which say that she cannot do for Meg on this journey?
  7. What does Mrs. Whatsit give Meg before Meg leaves for Camazotz?
  8. What does IT look like?
  9. What weapon does Meg use against IT?