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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Sixteen

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:

- to formally give up

- to run onto land

- gave expression to something

- to harass or torment

- a loving or tender touch

- discussion in which one asks advice

- shepherd's staff

- overpower with light

- running away from one's duty

- flow or spread suddenly

- shake with a bit of trembling

- tear apart with great force

- to shine waveringly

- set of ropes in a ship's rigging

- to shout or roar

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Why had Reepicheep dived into the water? (He had dived in when he saw the Sea King shake his spear, because he regarded it as a sort of threat or challenge and wanted to have the matter out there and then.)

  2. What was the last glimpse anyone had of the Sea People? (Lucy saw a little Sea Girl of about her own age surrounded by a large shoal of fishes, that reminded her of a flock of sheep. And just as Lucy and the girl came opposite to one another, the girl looked up and stared straight into Lucy's face. And somehow, in that instant they became friends. They did not say a word to each other, for the Sea Girl quickly dropped astern, but if ever they met again, they would rush together with their hands held out.)
  3. What happened to one or two of the sailors? (They had been oldish men when the voyage began, and now they began to grow younger every day.)

  4. What important discovery did they make because of the strange whiteness? (They discovered that the current in which they had been traveling was only about forty feet wide, and the rest of the sea was as still as a pond.)

  5. What made up the whiteness? What did they decide to call it? (The whiteness was made up of water lilies, or a flower very like them. They decided to call this stretch of water the Silver Sea, and that was what was put on Caspian's map.)

  6. How did the smell of the lilies affect Lucy? (She said it was sweet, but not at all sleepy, or overpowering, a fresh, wild, lonely smell that seemed to get into your brain and make you feel that you could go up mountains at a run or wrestle with an elephant. She and Caspian said to one another, "I feel that I can't stand much more of this, but I don't want it to stop.")
  7. What did Caspian mean by his speech? why couldn't he do what he wanted? (He meant that he wanted to go to the very edge of the world, and that he might even go into Aslan's country with Reepicheep. He could not do this, however, because he was the king, and had responsibilities and promises to live up to back at home. He was not a private person, and could not please himself with adventures.)
  8. What did they see on the third day? What did it mean? (A wall stood up between them adn the sky. The sun came up and it turned into rainbow colors. The wall was really a long, tall wave like the edge of a waterfall. Then they saw a range of mountains which were really outside the world. They were green and full of forests and waterfalls however high you looked. They had truly reached the End of the World.)
  9. What did Lucy do, for the first and last time? (She took Reepicheep in her arms and caressed him, patting his fur.)

  10. What did Aslan mean when He said, "I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. but do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder."? (Presumably, that Edmund and Lucy would reach Aslan's country after death, and that He would carry them through to its gates.)

  11. What happened when Aslan opened the door in the sky? (There was a flash of terrible white light from beyond the sky, the feel of Aslan's mane and a Lion's kiss on their foreheads and then-the back bedroom in Aunt Alberta's home at Cambridge.)

  12. what two things needed to be told at the end? (One is that Caspian and his men all came safely back to Ramandu's Island, the tree lords woke from their sleep, and Caspian marred Ramandu's daughter. They all reached Narnia in the end, and she became a great queen and the mother and grandmother of great kings. The other is that back in our own world everyone soon started saying how Eustace had improved, and how "You'd never know him for the same boy," everyone except Aunt Alberta, who said he had become very commonplace and tiresome and it must have been the influence of those Pevensie children.)

Suggested Activities:

  1. Write a story about the Sea Girl.

  2. Read the story of Ulysses and the Sirens.

  3. To find out about Caspian's son, who became a great king, read The Silver Chair.

  4. Next: The Silver Chair - Unit Study Intro

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