Tuck Everlasting Questions – Prologue thru Ch. 3

1. What symbolism is used in the prologue?

2. Provide one detail about the setting.

3. What kind of dream was Tuck having? How can you tell it was a good dream?

4. What did Mae take with her on her trip to Treegap?

5. How long had Mae Tuck looked the same?

6. Who was Winnie talking to as she threw the pebble at the gnats?

7. Why does Winnie think all of her family’s attention is on her?

8. Who is Tuck? What’s his first name?

9. What does Winnie plan on doing in Chapter 3?

10. What time of year is this story taking place?


Folktales Notes

  • literally the tales of the “folk” told orally

  • Types of folktales:

  • cumulative tale – repetitive tales that were added on to as the story progressed (i.e. The Gingerbread Man)

  • pourquoi tale – tale used to explain why animals or humans have certain characteristics (i.e. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears)

  • trickster tale – a smaller, weaker character tricks a larger, more powerful character

  • fairy tale (i.e. Rumpelstiltskin)

  • beast tale – most characters are animals who behave like humans (i.e. The Three Bears)

Some Colonial Terms

Yes = aye (pronounced “eye”)

No =  nay

C’mon = come come

really? = in faith?

relax = take your ease

over there = yonder

watch out = make way

expensive = dear

hello = good day

greeting a person:

girl = miss

boy or man = sir

married woman or older = madame

Critical Thinking: The Fighting Ground

Directions: Answer the following questions using complete sentences.


  1. Do you think Jonathan’s feelings have changed about war? How?
  2. Describe the setting during today’s reading.
  3. If you were the author, what would you change about the story?
  4. If you were to rename the book, what would you call it?
  5. What would happen if the main character was a girl?
  6. What is your opinion of the book so far? Why?