Down the Rabbit-Hole
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: Lewis Carroll

Chapter I passage: Lewis Carroll wrote “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” in 1865. It’s the story of a girl who
follows a rabbit and has some amazing adventures. Below is a passage from the book. Alice is sitting with her sister near a river.

Topic(s): Adventure / Thriller, Fairy Tales & Fables, Science Fiction / Fantasy. Skill(s): Summary, Character Traits. Genre(s): Prose

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As the scene opens, Alice is sitting with her sister near a river.


So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.

There was nothing so very remarkable in that, nor did Alice think it so very much out of the way to hear the Rabbit say to itself, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”

But when the Rabbit actually took a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket and looked at it and then hurried on, Alice started to her feet, for it flashed across her mind that she had never before seen a rabbit with either a waistcoat-pocket, or a watch to take out of it, and, burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it and was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole, under the hedge. 

In another moment, down went Alice after it!

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