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The Wizard of Oz - Chapter 16

Next morning the Scarecrow said to his friends:

"Congratulate me. I am going to Oz to get my brains at last. When I

return I shall be as other men are."

"I have always liked you as you were," said Dorothy simply.

"It is kind of you to like a Scarecrow," he replied. "But surely you

will think more of me when you hear the splendid thoughts my new brain

is going to turn out." Then he said good-bye to them all in a cheerful

voice and went to the Throne Room, where he rapped upon the door.

"Come in," said Oz.

The Scarecrow went in and found the little man sitting down by the

window, engaged in deep thought.

"I have come for my brains," remarked the Scarecrow, a little uneasily.

"Oh, yes; sit down in that chair, please," replied Oz. "You must

excuse me for taking your head off, but I shall have to do it in order

to put your brains in their proper place."

"That's all right," said the Scarecrow. "You are quite welcome to take

my head off, as long as it will be a better one when you put it on


So the Wizard unfastened his head and emptied out the straw. Then he

entered the back room and took up a measure of bran, which he mixed

with a great many pins and needles. Having shaken them together

thoroughly, he filled the top of the Scarecrow's head with the mixture

and stuffed the rest of the space with straw, to hold it in place.

When he had fastened the Scarecrow's head on his body again he said to

him, "Hereafter you will be a great man, for I have given you a lot of

bran-new brains."

The Scarecrow was both pleased and proud at the fulfillment of his

greatest wish, and having thanked Oz warmly he went back to his friends.

Dorothy looked at him curiously. His head was quite bulged out at the

top with brains.

"How do you feel?" she asked.

"I feel wise indeed," he answered earnestly. "When I get used to my

brains I shall know everything."

"Why are those needles and pins sticking out of your head?" asked the

Tin Woodman.

"That is proof that he is sharp," remarked the Lion.

"Well, I must go to Oz and get my heart," said the Woodman. So he

walked to the Throne Room and knocked at the door.

"Come in," called Oz, and the Woodman entered and said, "I have come

for my heart."

"Very well," answered the little man. "But I shall have to cut a hole

in your breast, so I can put your heart in the right place. I hope it

won't hurt you."

"Oh, no," answered the Woodman. "I shall not feel it at all."

So Oz brought a pair of tinsmith's shears and cut a small, square hole

in the left side of the Tin Woodman's breast. Then, going to a chest

of drawers, he took out a pretty heart, made entirely of silk and

stuffed with sawdust.

"Isn't it a beauty?" he asked.

"It is, indeed!" replied the Woodman, who was greatly pleased. "But is

it a kind heart?"

"Oh, very!" answered Oz. He put the heart in the Woodman's breast and

then replaced the square of tin, soldering it neatly together where it

had been cut.

"There," said he; "now you have a heart that any man might be proud of.

I'm sorry I had to put a patch on your breast, but it really couldn't

be helped."

"Never mind the patch," exclaimed the happy Woodman. "I am very

grateful to you, and shall never forget your kindness."

"Don't speak of it," replied Oz.

Then the Tin Woodman went back to his friends, who wished him every joy

on account of his good fortune.

The Lion now walked to the Throne Room and knocked at the door.

"Come in," said Oz.

"I have come for my courage," announced the Lion, entering the room.

"Very well," answered the little man; "I will get it for you."

He went to a cupboard and reaching up to a high shelf took down a

square green bottle, the contents of which he poured into a green-gold

dish, beautifully carved. Placing this before the Cowardly Lion, who

sniffed at it as if he did not like it, the Wizard said:


"What is it?" asked the Lion.

"Well," answered Oz, "if it were inside of you, it would be courage.

You know, of course, that courage is always inside one; so that this

really cannot be called courage until you have swallowed it. Therefore

I advise you to drink it as soon as possible."

The Lion hesitated no longer, but drank till the dish was empty.

"How do you feel now?" asked Oz.

"Full of courage," replied the Lion, who went joyfully back to his

friends to tell them of his good fortune.

Oz, left to himself, smiled to think of his success in giving the

Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman and the Lion exactly what they thought

they wanted. "How can I help being a humbug," he said, "when all these

people make me do things that everybody knows can't be done? It was

easy to make the Scarecrow and the Lion and the Woodman happy, because

they imagined I could do anything. But it will take more than

imagination to carry Dorothy back to Kansas, and I'm sure I don't know

how it can be done."


Question 1: What did the Scarecrow ask Oz for in the Throne Room?

  • A) A heart ❤️

  • B) Courage 🦁

  • C) Brains 🧠

  • D) A new body 🤖

Question 2: What was used to fill the Scarecrow's head after it was emptied of straw?

  • A) Cotton balls and feathers 🕊️

  • B) Pins and needles 📍

  • C) Pieces of fabric and buttons 🧵

  • D) Tiny bells and beads 🔔

Question 3: How did Oz give the Tin Woodman a heart?

  • A) He took one from another person.

  • B) He created one from silk and sawdust.

  • C) He found it in a treasure chest.

  • D) He enchanted a piece of wood.

Question 4: What did Oz give the Lion to make him courageous?

  • A) A golden crown 👑

  • B) A magic sword 🗡️

  • C) A green-gold dish with a potion 🍶

  • D) A glowing crystal 🔮

Question 5: Why did Oz feel like a humbug despite granting their wishes?

  • A) Because he couldn't actually perform magic.

  • B) Because the travelers were ungrateful.

  • C) Because he wanted to keep his secrets hidden.

  • D) Because he feared the Winged Monkeys.


  1. C) Brains 🧠

  2. B) Pins and needles 📍

  3. B) He created one from silk and sawdust.

  4. C) A green-gold dish with a potion 🍶

  5. A) Because he couldn't actually perform magic

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