The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
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According to Mrs. Frankweiler, what 3 things is her lawyer interested in?
Law, taxes and his grandchildren, p. 3
What is the lawyer's name?
Saxonberg, p. 3
What is Sheldon's occupation?
Chauffeur, p. 3
Why did Mrs. Frankweiler write this story?
To explain changes to her will, p. 3
Where do Claudia and James flee to?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 5
In which city is the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
New York City, p. 5
What is the birth order of Jamie?
He is 2nd youngest of three brothers, p. 5
Why is Jamie rich?
He saves all his money; doesn't collect baseball cards, p. 6
Which chores does Claudia consider unjust?
Empty dishwasher and set table on the same night, p. 6
What time does the Kincaid family watch TV on Sunday nights?
7:30, p. 6
What did Claudia give up to save money to run away?
Hot fudge sundaes, p. 6
What is the cost of a train fare?
$1.60, p. 7
How much does fare cost if under age 12?
Half (80 cents), p. 7
In which suburb does the Kincaid family live?
Greenwich, p. 7
How does Mr. Kincaid travel to work?
By train, p. 7
What club does Mrs. Kincaid belong to?
A Mah Jong club, p. 7
What is Mah Jong?
A card game, p. 7
What does Claudia use to research her trip to New York City?
Maps, pamphlets and review of field trips she took, p. 8
What does Claudia substitute for hot fudge sundaes?
Good Humor bars from the freezer, p. 8
How much is Claudia's weekly allowance?
50 cents, p. 8
What is the penalty for breaking a Kincaid house rule?
A nickel, p. 8
How often does the family's cleaning lady come to clean?
Twice a week, p. 8
Where was Jamie's transistor radio made?
In Japan, p. 9
How long ago had Jamie bought the radio?
One and one-half years ago, p. 9
How does Steve's wastebasket get so messy?
He empties his pencil sharpener in it, p. 9
What colour is the train pass Claudia finds?
Red, p. 9
Why is the train pass in the garbage?
The cleaning lady thought it was old, p. 10
What day of the week do Claudia and Jamie leave home?
Wednesday, p. 10
How old is Kevin?
6 years old, p. 10
What card game do Jamie and Bruce play on the school bus?
War, p. 11
How do Jamie and Bruce vow to not shuffle their cards?
Spitting, p. 11
Where will Jamie and Claudia pack extra clothes?
In their musical instrument cases, p. 14
What kind of footwear does Jamie want to wear?
Sneakers, p. 15
What is the secret about Jamie and Bruce's game of war?
They gamble for money, p. 16
How much money does Jamie have?
$24.43, p. 16
What does Jamie plan to do with Claudia's note about the plan?
He will memorize then eat it, p. 17
Who has to walk home with Kevin on Wednesdays?
Steve, p. 18
What is the school bus driver's name?
Herbert, p. 20
Where does Herbert park the bus?
A lot on Boston Post Road, p. 21
Why does Jamie make so much racket when walking off the bus?
His money is all in change, p. 22
What's hanging from Jamie's belt?
A compass, p. 22
Where does Jamie think they will be hiding out?
In the woods, p. 23
How does Jamie want to travel to NY instead of train?
Hitch hike, p. 24
How many items does Claudia mail on the day they leave home?
Two, p. 26
What is on the box tops from corn flakes?
Stars, p. 26
What was on the blue seats of the train?
Dust and lint, p. 27
Who is appointed treasurer?
Jamie, p. 27
Where did Jamie suggest that they hide instead of the Art museum?
Central Park, p. 27
How many blocks are from the train stop to the Art museum?
40, p. 28
Who says, "We'll wear out 40 cents worth of shoe leather"?
Claudia, p. 29
Why do the children avoid walking down 5th Avenue?
The stores will tempt them to spend their money, p. 29
Who does Claudia say was the last person to use a compass in Manhattan?
Henry Hudson, p. 30
How much floor space is the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
20 acres, p. 31
What is the entrance fee at the art museum?
Free to all, p. 32
What do Claudia and Jamie leave in the checking room?
Music cases and book bags, and Claudia's coat, p. 33
Where do the children hide when the guards are locking up?
In washrooms, standing on the toilets, p. 35
Who had the lounge chair in the museum been made for?
Marie Antoinette, p. 36
Who does a cat walk?
The night watchman, p. 36
What type of bed does Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler have?
16th Century canopy, p. 38
Who donated a 16th Century canopy bed to the art museum?
Mr. Untermyer, p. 38
What is the 5-minute warning of the museum's closing time?
A bell, p. 40
What season does the book take place?
Winter, p. 40
How does the museum bed smell?
Musty, p. 40
Why does Jamie not immediately fall asleep?
He is hungry, p. 40
Why does Claudia put her petticoat on slowly?
She enjoys the clean smell of it, p. 44
Why couldn't Jamie and Claudia put their belongings in the museum drawers?
They were all fastened shut, p. 45
What was hidden in a sarcophagus with no lid?
Claudia's violin case, p. 44
Where was the trumpet case hidden?
In a huge urn, p. 45
Why does Jamie leave the bathroom stall the first morning?
He hears running water, p. 45
Who had turned on the tap?
The janitor, p. 45
Where does Jamie's mother say he came from?
Heaven, p. 46
What do the children buy to eat at night?
Peanut butter crackers, p. 46
What does Jamie drink with breakfast?
Coffee, p. 46
What gallery does Jamie pick first to study?
Italian Renaissance, p. 47
Why does Jamie pick it?
To make Claudia bored, p. 47
Why does Claudia think he chose it?
Because of nudity, p. 50
Where does Claudia have tennis, ballet and diving lessons?
At the Y, p. 50
What was the newsman carrying?
A black camera, p. 51
What was stenciled on the camera case?
TIMES, p. 51
When had Jamie appeared in a newspaper photo?
While on a trip to Fire Dept, p. 52
How much does a NY Times paper cost?
10 cents, p. 53
Why does Claudia want to buy a copy of this paper?
To see what's so special about the angel statue, p. 53
What was written on a blue circle of construction paper?
Gr. 6 WPS, p. 54
Where the teacher seated with the Grade 6 class at the mummies?
On a folding stool, p. 54
What question does Jamie ask the mummy expert?
The cost of becoming a mummy, p. 55
How do the Kincaid children obtain the NY Times?
They steal it from a man who set it on a counter, p. 57
How many filing cabinets are on Mrs. Basil's north wall?
17, p. 58
How large is the angel statue?
24 inches, p. 58
What price was paid for the statue?
$225, p. 59
What was the source of Mr. Frankweiler's wealth?
Corn oil, and corn product development, p. 60
Which state does Mrs. Frankweiler live in?
Connecticut, p. 60
What is Michelangelo most famous for?
Painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling, p.
What else was in the same newspaper that Claudia did not see?
About 2 missing children, p.
What is Claudia's dad's name?
Steven C. Kincaid, Sr.,
Why will fingerprints not solve the mystery of the statue?
Too modern of a police tool, p. 63
What does Jamie think is wrong with Claudia when she things Angel looks likes someone in her family?
She has a fever, p. 64
On which day do they go to the Laundromat?
Saturday, p. 67
Why do their underwear turn grey at Laundromat?
Washed with coloured socks, p. 68
Which library do they perform their research?
Donnell Branch Library, p. 69
Who had a broken nose?
Michelangelo, p. 72
According to Claudia, what are the two ways to get to know someone?
Live with or play cards with them, p. 75
What type of candy bar does Jamie find on the steps?
Hershey's Almond, p. 75
What does Claudia suggest the chocolate bar is probably filled with?
Marijuana, p. 75
Why are the children's pockets bulging on Saturday after lunch?
Food and clean laundry, p. 76
Why is the morning wait so long for the children?
Staff come in one hour before open to the public, p. 77
Where do they hide in the morning?
Under beds, p. 77
What two words are in Jamie's mental telegram to Claudia?
STAY PUT, p. 79
Where do the children bathe?
IN the fountain, p. 80
What bronze creatures spray the water of the fountain?
Dolphins, p. 81
What is Saxonberg's stomach ailment?
An ulcer, p 81
How much $ do they collect from the fountain?
$2.87, p. 84
Who wants to hug the statue?
Claudia, p. 84
Where did the children stay when their mom gave birth to Kevin?
With Aunt Zell, p. 86
What time does the art museum open on Sundays?
1 pm, p. 88
What did the children say inside the little chapel?
The Lord's Prayer, p. 88
Where do the children hide when they hear the guard coming down the steps?
Behind the booth that rents out walkie-talkies, p. 90
What colour is the new velvet under Angel?
Gold, p. 91
What kind of mark is left on the blue velvet?
Three rings and the letter M, p. 92
Who moved the platform and blue velvet drape to the basement?
Morris, p. 95
Where do the children discover the meaning of the mark?
At the bookstore, p. 96
What nickname does Claudia use for Jamie?
Sir James OR Mr. Pinchpenny, p. 96
Why do they decide not to call the New York Times?
Too much publicity, p. 96
What do the children rent in New York city?
A post office box, p. 97
How does Claudia write the letter to the museum?
With a typewriter, p. 99
Where does she find a typewriter?
Outside the Olivetti building, p. 99
Why does this typewriter not get stolen?
It is chained, p. 99
What sentence is typed at the tope of the sheet in the typewriter?
"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party", p. 100
What post office box number do they rent?
#847, p. 100
What did they watch at the Rockefeller Center for a short time?
Skaters, p. 100
How long does Claudia want to rent the post office box?
2 days, p. 103
Under what name does Jamie rent the box?
Angelo Michaels, p. 104
How much is the rental fee?
$4.50 for 3 months
Where do the children wait to decide how to send the message?
In an Egyptian tomb, p. 105
Who are Sarah, Rube and Bruce?
Children from Jamie's 3rd grade class, p. 106
How did they end up delivering the letter?
Jamie does, p. 108
What is Jamie's explanation for why he's not at school on a Tuesday?
The boiler broke, p. 111
Who was the children's tour guide?
An Indian girl, p. 113
What was the tour guide wearing?
A sari, p. 113
What is Claudia's mother's birthstone?
Topaz, p. 113
When do the children receive the letter from the museum?
Wednesday, p. 114
What is Claudia's response to the letter?
She cried, p. 117
What does Claudia feel that she rescued instead of a boy?
A log, p. 118
Why does Claudia wasn't to make a discovery about Angel?
She wants to be different, p. 119
How long do the children live at the museum?
One week, p. 118
Where do they want to buy two half-fare tickets to on the day they leave the museum?
Farmington, CT, p. 120
What does the ticket agent tell them?
You have to go to Hartford and then take a bus, p. 120
What does Claudia do as soon as they get to Hartford?
Hails a cab, p. 123
What does Jamie think Mrs. Frankweiler's driveway is?
A highway, p. 124
How much does Jamie tip the taxi driver?
17 cents, p. 125
Why does he give the driver so little?
It is all the money they have left, p. 125
Who is the butler?
Parks, p. 125
What do the children say their business is when they come to call?
They are seeking information about the Italian Renaissance, p. 126
What does Mrs. Frankweiler's office look more like?
A laboratory, p. 126
How does Jamie try to get Mrs. F's attention while she makes them wait?
He emitted two fake sneezes, p. 127
Why is Claudia so eager to see a picture of herself in the paper?
She wonders where they got a picture of her since her mom never buys the school photos, p. 128
In the middle of the conversation between Mrs. F and the children, she rings her butler to get her something. What is it?
A mirror, p. 129
Who is Mrs. F's barber?
Parks, p. 129
To what does Claudia compare Mrs. F's eyes?
A kaleidoscope, p. 130
Why did Mrs. F sell the statue to the museum?
Because she doesn't like donating things, p. 132
What does Claudia like about Mrs. F's bathroom?
The black marble tub, p. 133
What is the name of Mrs. F's maid?
Hortense, p. 133
Why does Claudia take so long to wash up before lunch?
She decides to take a bath, p. 133
What is Jamie's first concern when he hears the water running for the bath?
That Claudia is going to drown herself because they got caught, p. 134
What are the others eating when Claudia joins them for lunch?
What was Jamie's favourite part of running away?
Not keeping a schedule, p. 139
What was Claudia's favourite part of running away?
Hiding and Angel, p. 139
How does Mrs. F. promise to give them a ride home?
In a Rolls-Royce, p. 141
How long do the children have to find the file about Angel?
One hour, p. 142
Under which heading do the children find the correct information?
Bologna, Italy, p. 145
What is sealed between two sheets of glass?
Old paper with a poem written by Michelangelo, p. 146
Where had Mrs. F. been hiding while the children went through her files?
In the closet, p. 146
How did Mrs. F. obtain the sketch?
She won it playing poker, p. 148
How will Mrs. F. give them the sketch?
She will leave it to them in her will, p. 149
How long has Mrs. F. known the secret about Angel?
Twenty years, p. 151
Why does she not want to give the document to the museum?
It will be debated about by experts and some will doubt it is real, p. 152
What would Mrs. F. like to experience that is impossible?
To know how Mrs. Kincaid feels, p. 154
What combination does Mrs. F say Saxonberg is?
Soft heart and hard head, p. 155
How does Claudia go up to Mrs. F's third floor?
In an elevator, p. 156
How do the children tell their stories?
Into a tape recorder, p. 155
What did Jamie turn on in the Rolls Royce and not turn off?
Intercom and back windshield wipers, p. 157
How much does Jamie win playing cards with Mrs. F?
34 cents, p. 159
How do the children plan to continue their relationship with Mrs. F.?
Visit her and secretly adopt her as their grandmother, p. 160
Where will Mrs. F. sign the updated will?
At the restaurant at the Mmof Art, p. 161
What does Morris report to Sheldon?
Two music cases had been found at the Museum, p. 162
What special treat did Claudia regularly purchase after receiving her allowance?
hot fudge sundae
Why did Claudia choose to run away?
because of injustice and boredom (or monotony)
Who did Claudia choose to accompany her to New York City?
her brother Jamie
How many children are in Claudia's family?
Give two reasons why Claudia loved the city. It was elegant, important and busy
What did Claudia find in her parents' garbage can?
a 10 ride train pass
What did Jamie and Claudia pack in their instrument cases?
their belongings for the trip
Why did Claudia choose to run away on a Wednesday?
it was music lesson day so they could pack their belongings in their instrument cases
What two items did Jamie take in addition to his clothes?
a compass and money
Where did Claudia decide to spend the night?
in an old bed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Where would Jamie prefer to sleep when running away?
on the bathroom floor
What did Jamie and Claudia do with their belongings at the museum during the day?
they scattered them around the museum
Who did Jamie encounter on his first morning in the museum?
On his first morning in the museum, when the janitor asked Jamie where he came from, what was Jamie's reply?
"Mother says that I came from Heaven"
How many works of art at in the Metro Museum?
What was the main attraction at the museum that everyone was lining up to see?
a statue of an angel
Who did they believe sculpted the statue of the angel?
Where did Jamie and Claudia go to research Michaelangelo?
When was the last time that Claudia and Jamie were homesick?
when their brother was born and they were at their aunt's house
Where did Claudia and Jamie bathe?
in the fountain by the restaurant
What did Jamie and Claudia find on the blue velvet where the angel had been?
3 circles or rings, one of which had an M inside
What did the book at the library suggest that the M was?
Michaelangelo's stonemason's mark
What did Jamie and Claudia do with the information they discovered?
typed a note to the museum
What did Claudia and Jamie spend $4.50 on?
a post office box
Where did Claudia and Jamie get money for food and other needs?
from the fountain
Where does Mrs. Basil Frankweiler live?
Who answered the door at Mrs. Basil's house?
What was Mrs. Basil wearing when Claudia and Jamie first met her?
a lab coat and a pearl necklace
From whose point of view is "The Mixed Up Files..." written?
To whom was "The Mixed Up Files..." written?
What was the best part of running away for Jamie?
not having a schedule
What was the best part of running away for Claudia?
hiding and then Angel
What did Jamie, Claudia and Mrs. Basil eat for dinner at Mrs. Basil's house?
macaroni and cheese (or nouilles et fromage en casserole)
How long did Jamie and Claudia have to search for the Angel file?
What was the name of the file that held the secret?
What was on the special old piece of paper that Claudia and Jamie found?
a poem (sonnet) and sketches (one of which was Angel)
When did Mrs. Basil get the sketch of Angel?
after World War II
How did Mrs. Basil get the sketch of Angel?
she won it playing poker
How old is Mrs. Basil?
82 years old
How did Mrs. Basil give Jamie and Claudia her sketches?
in her will
What was the one thing Mrs. Basil say was impossible to experience?
being a mother
How did Jamie and Claudia get home from Mrs. Basil's house?
in her Rolls Royce
According to Claudia, why did Mrs. Basil sell the statue?
for fun and excitement and to let others know that she had a secret
What was Jamie and Claudia's new secret?
to adopt Mrs. Basil as their grandmother
Where will Mrs. Basil sign her revised will?
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
What was Saxonberg's secret identity?
he was the children's grandfather
What does Jamie do for the first five minutes while in the Rolls Royce?
press all the buttons
What did the staff at the Metro Museum discover when the children's adventure was all over?
the violin and trumpet cases
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