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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Twelve

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:

- large seabird

- changed

- in the middle of the ship

- favor

- tense, anxious

- inadequate

- pulled

- challenge to the creditability of a thing

- ghastly

- top of the mast

- revolt

- disastrous defeat

- devices for holding oars in place

- pieces of wood under the rails

- testing of water's depth

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What did Edmund sight on the thirteenth day? (What looked like a great, dark mountain rising out of the sea on their port bow.)

  2. What was looking at the Darkness like? (It was a little like looking into the mouth of a railway tunnel either so long or so twisty that you cannot see the light at the other end. For a few feet you would be able to see the tracks clearly in broad daylight. then they would look like they were in twilight, then quite suddenly, they would disappear into the darkness.)
  3. Why did Reepicheep want to sail forward into the Darkness? (To seek a great adventure, and to avoid the dishonor of turning down such an adventure through fear.)

  4. How did the Darkness affect those on board the Dawn Treader? (The lights seemed lurid and unnatural, and everyone except the rowers began to shiver. The Darkness seemed oppressive, separating the islands of light into their own little worlds.)

  5. What did the owner of the strange voice look like? (He did not look very old, but his hair was an untidy mop of white, his face was thin and drawn, and for clothing he had only a few wet rags hanging about him. His eyes were so widely opened that he seemed to have no eyelids at all, and stared as if in an agony of pure fear.)
  6. What was the name of the dark island? (It was the Island where dreams come true.)

  7. What did the sailors think they would find on the island? (One sailor thought that he would find himself married to his sweetheart if he landed there. Another said that he would find a friend of his alive again.)

  8. Why did the crew want to leave the Darkness as quickly as possible? (Because they suddenly remembered certain dreams they had had, dreams that make you not want to go to sleep again, and did not want to find that they had come true.)

  9. Why didn't Lucy go down to be with Edmund and Caspian? (Because if dreams began coming true, Edmund and Caspian might turn into horrible monsters just as she reached them.)

  10. What did everyone start hearing? (They each began to hear something different. Eustace could hear a sound like a huge pair of scissors opening and shutting, Rhince could hear something crawling up the sides of the ship, Caspian heard something else coming to settle on the mast, and one sailor started to hear gongs.)
  11. What came in answer to Lucy's plea? (A speck of light appeared, and a broad beam of light fell from it upon the ship. At first looked like a cross, then an aeroplane, then a kite, and finally like what it was, an albatross. It circled the mast three times, and whispered "courage, dear heart" to Lucy, then landed on the prow. It called out in what seemed to be words, except no one understood them. Then it took off and led the Dawn Treader back into the sunlight.)
  12. Who was the wild-eyed man? (He was a Telmarine of Narnia: the Lord Rhoop, one of the seven missing lords that Caspian had set out to find.)

Suggested Activities:

  1. Draw a picture of the wild-eyed man.

  2. Write down a daydream that you want to come true. Then, write down a dream that you would not want to come true.

  3. Compare Reepicheep's reactions to those of his companions.

  4. Next: Chapter 13

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