Madame Doubtfire

Madame Doubtfire is a book written by Anne Fine. It was adapted to the big screen in 1993 with the same title and starred by Robin Williams.

Here you can have a look at the trailer.

 

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PRESENTATIONS

Choose one of the following topics for your presentation. Try to link the topic with the book and the story it narrates.

  • “Parents must be fun and musn’t be strict” Do you agree? Why? Why not?
  • “Young teenagers don’t need a home help”Do you agree? Why? Why not?
  • “Parents shouldn’t fight in front of their children” Do you agree? Why? Why not?
  • “It’s hard to work all day and be a parent” Do you agree? Why? Why not?
  • “It’s difficult to act all the time in real life”Do you agree? Why? Why not?

ACTIVITIES

1. Watch the following video about the author Anne Fine and write a short biography about her.

 

2. Number the sentences in the order they happen in the story.

…… a.  Miranda found Madame Doubtfire’s clothes.

…… b. Daniel called Miranda about the job, pretending to be different callers.

…… c.  Miranda gave Madame Doubtfire the job and Daniel saw his kids every day.

…… d. Miranda wrote an advert for a home help.

…… e.  The art group had a meeting at Miranda’s house and Daniel was the model.

…… f.  Madame Doubtfire went to Miranda’s house for an interview.

…… g.  Daniel changed the phone number on the advert for the home help.

…… h. Miranda realised the truth about Madame Doubtfire.

…… i.  Daniel wanted to spend more time with his children.

3. Complete the following sentences about the story.

  1. Lydia, Chris and Natty’s parents were ……………………………………………………………. .
  2. Natty knew Madame Doubtfire was really her ……………………………………………………
  3. According to Miranda, Daniel wasn’t a ……………………………………………………………
  4. Miranda discovered Daniel was crazy on their wedding day, because he …………………..
  5. Madame Doubtfire decided it was better to take Natty shopping at the …………………….
  6. The children arrived home early one day, because there was a ……………………………….
  7. On the day of the art group meeting, Daniel and Miranda had a terrible …………………..

4. Answer the questions about the story.

  1. Why was Miranda impressed with Madame Doubtfire during their first phone conversation?
  1. Why did Mrs Hooper use Miranda’s house for her art group?
  1. How did Miranda discover the truth about Madame Doubtfire?
  1. Why didn’t Daniel know about the teachers’ strike?
  1. Why did Daniel want to stop being Madame Doubtfire?
  2. How did Daniel and Miranda solve their problems?

5. Choose the correct answer.
1. Daniel took Miranda’s advert for home help and
a. wrote his phone number on it.
b. made a change in the phone number.
c. wrote the phone number on it more clearly.

       2. Miranda was impressed because Madame Doubtfire
a. loved cleaning.
b. lived in a beautiful area.
c. always cooked healthy meals for children.

      3. At Miranda and Daniel’s wedding,
a. Daniel disappeared for a long time.
b. Daniel and Miranda wanted to keep the kittens.
c. Daniel found homes for his kittens.

     4. When Daniel and Miranda were married,
a. Daniel did all the housework.
b. Daniel always behaved responsibly.
c. Daniel wasn’t responsible.

      5. Lydia and Chris
a. met the ladies from the art group.
b. refused to go to their rooms.
c. saw their father naked before.

     6. At the end of the story, Daniel
a. argued with Miranda again.
b. agreed to take care of the garden and help the children with their homework.
c. wanted to marry Miranda again.

6. What do the children like and dislike about their visits with their father? (Write at least 50 words)

7. How does Daniel’s attitude change as the story progresses? (Write at least 50 words)

8. How does Daniel’s role as Madame Doubtfire affect the children? (Write at least 50 words)

9. Robin Williams. He was the famous actor that starred the film Mrs. Doubtfire based on the book by Anne Fine. He saddly died in 2014. Watch the following to videos and do some research to know more about him and write a short biography. Include information from the videos.

10. Study the glossary and try to use the words in context