Chapter One

Match each word with its meaning.

  1. admonition  find the meaning of

  2. reverie    calm, quiet, 

  3. tranquil mixed breed dog 

  4. decipher day dream

  5. mongrel   warning or reminder

Questions: Answer the following questions

 How did Bunnicula get to the Monroe's house?

2. What message was tied around Bunnicula's neck? 

3. Why was Harold able to read the message?  

4. How do you think Chester felt about Bunnicula when he first met him?

How do you think he felt about Bunicula at the end of the chapter?

Which words helped show his feelings at the end of the chapter?






Figurative Language:  Some expressions do not mean exactly what they say.  Read these sentences from the chapter and choose the meaning for each underlined phrase.

1.  As a result of this introduction to literature,...Chester developed a taste for reading early in life.

a.  started chewing on books b.  began to enjoy reading books.  c. started to dislike books

2.  It seems that after I went to sleep, Chester, still stewing over the lost milk, settled down with his latest book.....

a.  looking for lost milk b.  heating milk in a large pot c.  pouting or worrying about milk he had lost.

3.  The gypsies travel all through the land,...and sometimes, if you cross their palms with a piece of silver, they'll tell your fortune. 

a.  shake hands with them b.  give them some money c.  mark an X on their hands

4.  I wasn't sure what to make of Chester's story, but the way he told it, it set my hair on end.

a.  curled my hair b.  made all my hair stand up straight c.  gave me a strange, sared feeling


Questions: Use complete sentences to answer the following questions.

 1. What helped Chester develop his vivid imagination?

 2. What strange things did Chester notice about Bunnicula the first night that the rabbit was in the house? (list 3 things)

3. What did Harold think about Chester's story?

4. How are Harold and Chester different from real pets that you might have in your own home?



Match the words on the left with their meaning on the right.  Write the letter of the meaning in the blank by the word it defines.

1.  energetic _____  a. senselessly foolish,

2.  indulgent _____  b.  important, consequential

3.  wafted _____  c.yielding to someone

4.  idiotic _____ d.  vigorous, active

5.  significant _____ e.  blown lightly


Questions: Answer must be in complete sentences.

1. What "unusual goings-on" happened in Chapter Three? (include at least two events)

2. What book was Chester going to read at the end of the chapter?

3.  Why do you think Chester was going to reread that book?

4.  How do Harold's feelings about Bunnicula compare to Chester's feelings? Include details from the novel to support your answer.




Use the dictionary to define the underlined word in each sentence.

1.  I've always had trouble with words myself...You might say that I'm smart-but just not the scholarly type.

Your Definition: _____________________________________________________


2.  "Well, you certainly took your time," Chester snapped as I sauntered casually into the room.

 Definition: _____________________________________________________


3.  I was aghast.  What did it all mean?  Could Chester be right?

Definition: _____________________________________________________

4.  He slunk across the room slowly, muscles taut, eyes alert.

 Definition: _____________________________________________________


5.  When he was about six inches away, he stuck out his paw, closed his eyes and 
batted at the object tentatively.  I don't think he made any contact.

Definition: _____________________________________________________


a very inte

Questions: Answers must be in complete sentences.

1.  What actions did Chester take in this chapter to prove he is an intelligent cat?(List at least two)

2.  Why did Chester make it a point to remind Harold that the note around
Bunnicula's neck was written in an obscured dialect?

3.  What characteristics of Bunnicula convinced Chester that the rabbit was really a vampire? (list at least three)

Onomatopoeia:  Good writers are always looking for ways to make their writing livelier and more interesting.  One way is to add words that echo or name sounds, such as hiss, buzz, hum, chatter, crash, and screech.  The use of such words is called "onomatopoeia." Read the following sentences from Chapter Four and underline the words that echo or name sounds.

1.  I ran and jumped onto the chair, landing with a great kerplop.

2.  Jut then, Chester let out a yelp.

3.  Yech!  Who'd want to do that?



CHAPTER Five   ____________________

  Vocabulary: Match each word with the meaning you think is correct.  Use a dictionary to check the meaning of the words.  Then write the letter of the definition in the blank next to the word the definition defines.

1.  Blight  _____ a.  in a threatening and evil way

2.  organic _____ b.  expression that shows strong negative feelings

3.  grimace _____   c.  natural, made from living things

4.  menacingly  _____   d.  any of several diseases that wither or kill plants


Questions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences.


1. What explanations did the Monroes offer for the strange white vegetables? (List two)

1b.  Did any of the explanations make sense?

2. What was Chester's "act"?

2b.  Why did he perform it?

3. Did Chester accomplish anything with his act?

 3b.  How did the Monroes react?

4.  At the end of the chapter, Chester said that he planned to take matters into his own 
hands.  What do you think Chester might do?


Similes:  A simile is a figure of speech that uses "like" or "as" to compare two unlike things.  What two things are being compared in this simile from chapter five?

"I was toying with the notion of slinking under the table when Chester fixed me with his eyes.  How deep they were, like black pools."



Now complete the sentences below to create your own similes.


1.  Mr. Monroe bounded down the stairs like a(n) ____________________________________.

2.  His face was as white as _____________________________________________________.

3.  Chester cackled like a(n) ____________________________________________________.

4.  Chester ran under the sofa as quick as a(n)______________________________________.





Emanated  - came forth from something

Pathetic - pitiful, causing others to feel sympathy

Pendant  - hanging ornament such as a locket

Scruff  - loose skin that covers the back part of the neck

Verbalized   - said aloud, put into words

Read the above list of challenging words and their definitions from chapter six.  Then use the words to fill in the banks below.
1.  Strange noises _________________from downstairs.

2.  Standing in the doorway was Chester, a strange ______________________ hanging from his neck.

3.  "What?" I ______ . "How am I supposed to do that?"

4.  With water dripping from my ears, I watched Mrs. Monroe pick Chester up by the ___________ of his neck.

5.  I looked over toward the cage, in there on the other side of the window was a ________tabby face looking in.

Questions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

1. What caused the funny odor that Harold smelled?

2.  Why did Mrs. Monroe give Chester a bath?

3. Why were Chester and Harold trying to pound a steak into Bunnicula?

4.  Why did Chester throw his dish of water at Bunnicula?

5. Do you think Chester will treat Bunnicula differently now that he has been punished for his actions?

6.  Critical Thinking:
Chester is convinced that Bunnicula is a Vampire.  Read the following list of character traits for a vampire.  Then write down some character traits for Bunnicula.  Show the character traits that, according to Chester, make Bunnicula a vampire.  Then write down some traits that show that Bunnicula is different from a vampire.

Roams around at night, Sleeps during the day, can get in an out of locked rooms, has fangs, bites people on the neck, drinks blood, is repelled by garlic, shrivels and dies when put into water.

Same As A Vampire: Different From A Vampire:


Using  the T.I.D.E.S. format, do you think Bunnicula is a vampire.  Support your answer with evidence from the book.


Chapter Seven


Antonyms are words with opposite meanings.  Write the letter of the word in from column B the blank next to its Antonym in column A.


1.  Exemplary _____    a.  lively

2.  Devious _____    b.  calm

3.  Listless _____   c. honest

4.  Commotion _____   d.  disgraceful

Write the word from column A that best fits the sentences below.  Look up the sentence(s) in Chapter seven to help you.

1.  I was getting worried.  Chester acts that way only when he has something __________ in the back of his mind.

2.  "I'm sorry, Harold, but Mom says you can't play with the rabbit.  It causes too much________.

3.  In the days that followed, Chester's behavior was ________. 
He purred and he cooed and he cleaned his paws.

4.  I was distressed this particular evening to see that he was dragging his ears, as it were. He looked tired and _________.

Questions:  Answer the following questions in complete sentences.

 1. According to Harold, Chester only acted in an exemplary manner when he had something devious in mind.  What devious actions was Chester planning at the beginning of the chapter?  How did he carry out his plan?

2. What did Chester mean when he said about Bunnicula, "Today, vegetables.  Tomorrow..... the world!"?

3. Why do you think the Monroes did not go to the aid of Bunnicula?


  Vocabulary: Choose the correct word from the list to complete the sentence.  Look each sentence up in the chapter and write the page the sentence may be found.

Word List: bewilderment, imminent, isolating, nabbed, petrified, predicament, stealthily 

1.  With Bunnicula swinging peacefully from my teeth, I made my way 

________________________ toward the dining room...

 2.  Once inside the dining room door, Bunnicula awakened in great _____________.

3.  Pete and Toby usually left lettuce for Bunnicula..... and Chester, ever watchful, probably _________________ it.....

4.  ....I could see that Chester had done a good job of ______________________
Bunnicula from his food.

5.  Other than a rabbit starving in the next room and a(n) ______________attack on your salad bowl, nothing, I thought.

6.  I just had to be a little more careful.....so that I wouldn't find myself in the humiliating _________________________ of getting stuck a second time.

7.  And I knew also that Bunnicula was too ________________________ to do anything to save himself.

Questions:  Answer the following questions in complete sentences. (Don't forget to use TIDES)

 1. What did Harold do in this chapter to try to help Bunnicula?


2. How did Harold's actions lead to "disaster in the dining room"?


3. Imagine you were one of the Monroes.  What would you think if you saw your cat chasing your pet rabbit on the dining room table?


 4. Do you think it was wise of Mrs. Monroe to decide to take all three animals to see the vet? Why or why not?



  Language Study: In Chapter Nine, Harold uses some challenging phrases to explain the events that occurred after the "disaster in the dining room". Use the context of the following sentences from Chapter Nine to help you find the meaning of the underlined phrases. Then match each phrase with its meaning. Write the letter of the meaning in the blank of the phrase.

Locate and record the page in chapter nine where you found the sentence.

1.  Looking back on that night, I remember thinking that this whole mess could never be resolved happily.

Found on Page _____

2.  Of far greater concern at that thime, of course, was my own future, for on that night all that consumed my thoughts was the fear of the next day's injections!

Found on Page _____

3.  But looking back on the next day, I can tell you that happy endings are possible, even in situations as fraught with complications as this one was.

Found on Page _____

4.  Chester was diagnosed as being emotionally overwrought.  It was suggested that he start sessions with a cat psychiatrist.....

Found on Page _____


1.  resolved happily  _____ a.  loaded with problems

2.  consumed my thoughts _____ b.  overcome by feelings

3.  fraught with complications   c.  filled one's mind

4.  emotionally overwrought _____   d.  settled or solved in a good way


Questions:  Answers the following questions in complete sentences. (don't forget to use T.I.D.E.S.)

 1. How did Chester feel about Bunnicula at the end of the book? What was Harold's relationship with the rabbit?


 3. What things were back to normal in the Monroe household? (describe at least two) What things were "almost" normal?


4. What did the Monroe's believe caused the white vegetables?



5.  At the end of the story, Harold leaves it up to the reader to "draw your own conclusions" about Bunnicula.  What conclusions did you draw about the rabbit?What made you come to those conclusions?