1. In Chapter 1, what is keeping Sophie awake?
Sophie cannot sleep. A brilliant moonbeam is slanting through a gap in the curtains. It is shining right on her pillow and is keeping her awake.
2. What is the witching hour?
The witching hour is a special moment in the middle of the night. It is a time when every child and grown-up is in a deep deep sleep, and all the dark things come out from hiding and have the world to themselves.
3. Are there reasons that are acceptable for children to be out of bed in Chapter 1?
If children are caught out of bed after lights-out, they are punished. No excuses are accepted. Even if a child has to go to the lavatory, and a child gets out of bed to go, he is punished.
4. What does Sophie see at the end of Chapter 1 when she looks out the window?
When Sophie looks out the window, she sees something coming up the street on the opposite side. She sees something tall, black, and very thin.
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