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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Fourteen

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:

- descend upon something from the air

bar (verb)
- exclude

- hand down

- room to sleep in on a ship

- worn out with age

- believe

- having a worn or very thin appearance

- forgetfulness

- to be the most prominent or strongest

- bank or landing of loading and unloading ships

- written list

- limitation

- walk or step

troop (verb)
- to move or gather in a crowd

- a sound made form vibrations or fluttering

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Who came out of the door? What did he look like? (The girl's father came out of the door. He was an old man, with a silver beard falling down to his bare feet in front, and silver hair hanging down to his heels behind. His robe appeared to be made from the fleece of silver sheep He was as tall and straight as the girl, but not so slender, and looked mild and grave.)
  2. What happened as the old man and his daughter were singing? (The grey clouds lifted from the eastern sky and the white patches grew bigger and bigger till it was all white, and the sea began to shine like silver. Then the sun came up out of the sea and its ray shot down the length of the table on the gold and silver and on the stone knife. Then something seemed to be flying at them out of the center of the rising sun, and the air became full of voices which took up the same song that the Lady and her father were singing, but in a language which no one knew. The owners of the voices turned out to be huge white birds.)
  3. What was the song like? (Lucy said afterwards that it was high, almost shrill, but very beautiful, "A cold kind of song, an early morning kind of song.")

  4. What were the Narnians certain of this time? (That the sun was bigger and brighter than it had been back at home.)

  5. Why was this moment the most exciting? (Because they now knew that they had truly come to the beginning of the end of the world.)

  6. How were the birds like snow? (They landed on everything, and made everything white, as well as blurring and blunting all shapes, just like snow.)

  7. What did the birds do? (They fell to around the table, until everything that could be eaten or drunk had disappeared. The birds then rose from their meal and carried away all the things that could not be eaten or drunk, such as bones, rinds and shells, and took their flight back to the rising sun.)

  8. Who was the old man? (He was Ramandu, a star at rest.)

  9. How was the enchantment to be dissolved? (They must sail to the World's End, or as near as they could come to it, and they must come back having left at least one of their company behind.)

  10. What arguments did the crew raise against sailing east? (The master bowman asked how they would even get back to Narnia with the winds all from the west and northwest, barring an occasional calm, since they couldn't carry enough supplies to row all the way back. A Galmian sailor propose wintering at Ramandu's island and to begin the voyage home in March. Many of the sailors had had enough of adventures, and longed to be sailing home again, instead of further east.)
  11. How did Caspian's speech change the attitude of the crew? (Many of the sailors, who had been rather eager to get out of the voyage, felt entirely different about being left out of it. And whenever one sailor made up his mind and said that he was going to ask for permission to sail on, those who hadn't felt very uncomfortable, until all but one sailor had decided to ask to go, and that one changed his mind because he didn't want to be left alone.)
  12. Who was the one man not accepted? What happened to him? (He was Pittencream, the man who had changed his mind at the last minute. He stayed on the island of the Star all the time the others were away looking for the World's End, and he wished he had gone with them. He wasn't the sort of man who could enjoy talking to Ramandu and his daughter, nor they to him, and it rained a good deal, and he didn't very much enjoy the feast every evening. He said it gave him the creeps sitting there alone, in the rain as likely as not, with those four Lords asleep at the end of the Table. When the others returned he felt so out of things that he deserted on the voyage home at the Lone Islands, and went and lived in Calormen, where he told wonderful stories about is adventures at the End of the World, until at last he came to believe them himself. So, in a sense he lived happily ever after; though he could never bear mice.)
Suggested Activities:

  1. Draw a picture of Ramandu.

  2. Go outside on a clear night and look at the stars. See how many constellations you can find. Then make up some of your own. Here's a link to a sky map to help you:

  3. Think of the kind of story Pittencream would tell about the end of the World. Write one down.

  4. Next: Chapter 15

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