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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Ten

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:

- the thick part of curdled milk

- dull

- squat

- listening secretly

- extremely

- persuade

- unable to fail

- curious

- made of lead, heavy

- edges

- fermented drink from honey, malt & yeast

- in a confused mess

- came to mind

- moved forward

- with disappointment

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What did Eustace think the invisible people were? (Maybe huge grasshoppers or giant frogs.)

  2. Why was it hard to disagree with the invisible people? (Because they usually said things that were very hard to disagree with; things like, "What I always say is, when a chap's hungry, he likes some victuals," or "Getting dark now; always does at night," or even "Ah, you've come over the water. Powerful wet stuff, ain't it?")

  3. What was it like for Lucy when she woke up the next morning? (It was like waking up on the day of an examination or a day when you have to go to the dentist.)

  4. What made the passage a little scary for Lucy? (Part of it was the absolute stillness. The other part was the weird symbols painted in scarlet on the doors, and the masks hanging on the walls.)

  5. What was Lucy's first real fright? (For a second she thought that a face had jumped out of the wall and made a grimace at her, when it was just a reflection of her own face in the Bearded Glass, which she had caught sight of out of the tail of her eye.)

  6. What happened when Lucy touched the book, and why wouldn't it open at first? (Her fingers tingled as if it were full of electricity. It wouldn't open simple because it was fastened by two leaden clasps. Once those were undone, it opened quite easily.)

  7. What were the spells like at the beginning of the Book, and for the next thirty pages? (Rather commonplace spells: cures for warts and toothache and cramp, a spell for taking a swarm of bees, how to find buried treasure, how to remember things forgotten, how to forget things you wanted to forget, how to tell whether anyone was speaking the truth, how to call up or prevent wind, fog, snow sleet or rain, and to give a man a donkey's head.)

  8. What did the pictures show on the page with the beautifying spell? (They showed Lucy bending over the book, then reciting to word of the spell. They showed her throned on high at a great tournament in Calormen, and all the kings of the world fought because of her beauty. After that it turned into real wars. Then Lucy was back in England and Susan was back from America. In the pictures Susan looked plainer, with a nasty expression on her face, because she was jealous of the dazzling beauty of Lucy.)
  9. Why didn't Lucy say the spell? (Because just when she went back to read the words, a picture of Aslan's face was there, right in the middle of the words, staring at her. He was growling, and she could see all his teeth, so she became horribly afraid and turned the page quickly.)

  10. Why didn't Lucy look at the other pictures on the page with the spell for finding out what your friends thought about you? (Because the first picture she had looked at had shown one of her good friends gossiping about her with an older girl, and Lucy was afraid to find out if all her other friends did the same.)

  11. What was different about the spell for the refreshment of the soul? (The spell was longer than the others and there were fewer pictures. Once she started reading it, Lucy was swept away into the story. Before she reached the bottom of the first page, she felt like she was no longer reading, but living in the story. It went on for about three pages, and when she reached the end, she could only remember that it had been the best story she had ever read, but she couldn't quite remember what it was about.)
  12. How did Lucy know that the spell for making unseen things visible had worked? (Because pictures began appearing in the margins, and the colors came into the capital letters at the top of the page.)

Suggested Activities:

  1. Think up a use for the Bearded Glass. Write it down.

  2. Make yourself a mask.

  3. Draw a picture with lemon juice, then, with the help of a parent, hold it above the flame of a candle to see what it looks like.

  4. Look up Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare and read "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to find out about Bottom. A link for this is:

  5. Next: Chapter 11

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