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Voyage of the Dawn Treader Reading Comprehension Questions and Unit Study Activities

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter One

This unit study is based on the book Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis and it was created by Amber Ballew from Missouri.

Vocabulary Words

resemblance in sound of words
at the back, or stern of a ship
more foolish
of the sea, or salty
side of the ship above the upper deck
lacking ability
humorous verse or poem
tilting to one side
sea chests
the bow, or front of a ship
people who do not drink alcohol
dangerous or risky undertaking

Reading Comprehension Questions

  1. What kind of boy is Eustace?  Why would he deserve a name like Eustace Clarence Scrubb? (He is spoiled, bossy, and a bully.  He has no imagination at all, and looks down on the whole world, especially his cousins.  He lives up to his name by his actions.)
  2. Why did Edmund and Lucy have to go stay with Uncle Harold and Aunt Alberta? (Because their parents were going to America, but couldn't take all the children.  They only took Susan, "who would get more out of a trip to America than they would."  Peter was staying with Professor Kirke, who had only one spare bedroom, having somehow become poor since the war.)
  3. Why did Edmund and Lucy like the picture in Lucy's room? (Because it reminded them of Narnia, their secret world that was very much real.)

  4. Why did Eustace tease the Pevensies about Narnia? (Because he didn't think it existed, and didn't have enough imagination to come up with such a place, and therefore looked down on it as nonsense.)

  5. How did Eustace show his ignorance about magic? (By rushing at the picture, when the smartest thing to do to avoid the magic would be to run away.)

  6. Why didn't the crew of the ship pull Lucy out of the water immediately? (To avoid dashing her against the side of the ship.)

  7. What was it like for the Narnians when the Pevensie children had returned to Narnia the last time? (As if King Arthur came back to Britain as some people say he will.)

  8. What surprised Eustace about Reepicheep the mouse? (The fact that he was about two feet high when standing on his hind legs, carried a sword, and could talk.)

  9. Why did Reepicheep react to Eustace the way he did? (Because Eustace had insulted him, and had been very rude.)

  10. Why didn't the motion of the sea bother Lucy? (Because, when she had been in Narnia previously, she had gone on many sea voyages.)
Suggested Activities

  1. Try your hand at drawing your own picture of the ship in the story. If you enjoy art and sketching, you might enjoy seeing the work of another artist who imagined what the ship might look like from the description in the book:

  2. Write a limerick about the children's entrance into Narnia. Here is a page that will help you learn how:

  3. Find a good book on water safety or visit this page: Find a younger person and share tips with them... or join in with a friend/brother/sister and quiz each other on water safety facts!

    Next: Chapter 2

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