'Little Match Girl' Questions for Study and Discussion

Little Match Girl
Little Match Girl. Penguin
Study GuideQuestions for Study and Discussion:

It's a famous tale, but it's also controversial. What can we learn from the story of a little girl, who is trying to sell matches on a cold day?
  • What is important about the title?

  • What are the conflicts in "The Little Match Girl"? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) did you notice in this story?

  • How does Hans Christian Andersen reveal character in "The Little Match Girl"?

  • What are some themes in the story?

  • What are some symbols in "The Little Match Girl"? How do they relate to the plot?

  • Does "The Little Match Girl" end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the story? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How essential is the setting to the story? Could the story have taken place anywhere else?

  • Compare "The Little Match Girl" with Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1905 novel, A Little Princess. How do they compare? How are they similar? Different?

  • Would you recommend this story to a friend?