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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Two

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:

near, toward, or in the stern on a ship

petty officer on a ship in charge of hull maintenance and related work

forward part of a ship

the act of crowning

final arrangement
wood nymph

the part of the upper deck forward of the mast

ship's kitchen

a unit of distance (about 3 miles)

pursued and caught up with; overtook

straight sword with a narrow, pointed blade

one who rules in the absence  of a sovereign

lever used to turn the rudder of a boat from side to side

one who seizes a throne by force

Comprehension Questions:

1. Why did Caspian set sail, and why did he wait three years?  (To look for seven lords who had set sail when he was a boy, and had never been heard from since.  He waited until Narnia was at peace to sail.)

2. Where does Reepicheep wish to reach? Why?  (He wishes to reach Aslan's country, beyond the sunrise.  Because of a verse a dryad spoke over his cradle: "Where sky and water meet, Where the waves grow sweet, Doubt not, Reepicheep, To find all you seek, There is the Utter East.")

3. What does the description of the tournament at Galma reveal about Caspian?  (His modesty, strength, skill, and courage.  It also reveals that he will choose his queen very carefully.)

4. How would you describe Reepicheep from his actions and conversations?  (As brave, loyal, noble, honorable, adventurous, and polite.  He despises cowardliness, and has a flare for the dramatic.)

5. Why did Caspian insist that Drinian keep his cabin?  (Because Drinian had to work all day, and Caspain, Edmund, and Eustace had little responsibility.)

6. What does Eustace's diary reveal about his character?  How do his diary entries match with what he experienced?  (It reveals his weakness, that he thinks he knows better than every one, his pride, and that he is self-centered.  His diary says that he is treated cruelly, and that he knows more than everyone else on the ship.  In reality he is treated more kindly than he deserves, and knows nothing about the world he is in, or the boat in which he is traveling.)

7. What is wrong with Eustace's idea of a joke?  Why was Reepicheep in the right to punish Eustace?  (If a joke causes pain to someone, then it is not really a joke.  Eustace wished to cause pain to Reepicheep, and thought of it as a joke, when it was more like a cruel prank.  Because Reepicheep was the object of Eustace's prank, and in authority, he had the right to punish Eustace for his cruelty and cowardice.)

8. How do the characters of Reepicheep and Eustace contrast?  (Reepicheep is honorable, kind, and brave.  Eustace is cruel, sneaky, and cowardly.  They are exact opposites of each other.)

Suggested Activities:

1. Find a picture of a real ship, and locate the parts and places mentioned in the book.

2. Draw your own chart of the Eastern sea, and trace the course the Dawn Treader took.

3. Design the inside of a ship, using some of the things you have learned from this chapter.

Next: Chapter 3

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