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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Three

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:


bedraggled
soiled and stained

cape
a point of land jutting out into the water

carrion
flesh unfit for food

consul
official appointed to live in a foreign country

disbursed
paid out
fief
estate

hence
from here

jabber
chatter

languishing
suffering from neglect

liege
lord
pitching
moving up and down

rigmarole
meaningless talk

turf
soil bound by roots into a thick mat

winded
blew

writhing
twisting in pain


Comprehension Questions:


  1. What are the names of the Lone Islands? (Doorn, Felimath, and Avra.)



  2. Why did Lucy and the others want to land on Felimath? (Lucy wanted to walk there again, Caspian wanted to stretch his legs, and Eustace just wanted to get away from the boat.)


  3. What was Caspian's opinion of a boat so big that you wouldn't know that you were at sea? (That if you didn't know that you were at sea, you might as well stay ashore.)


  4. Why did the ground seem to be pitching up and down at first? (Because they had gotten used to the pitch and roll of a boat, the ground seemed to be moving beneath them.)


  5. What could they see once they had crossed the ridge? (They could see Doorn, and Avra off to the left, and the town of Narrowhaven on Doorn.)


  6. Why didn't Caspian want to be known as king? (Because, if the Lone Islands no longer acknowledged Narnia and her king as lord, it would be dangerous to be known as king.)


  7. What happened to Caspian and the others on Felimath? (They were captured by a slaver.)



  8. How much is a Calormen crescent worth? (About a third of a pound.)



  9. Why didn't the slaver get angry with Reepicheep? (Because the slaver thought that Reepicheep didn't know what he was saying, and regarded it as more of a show, instead of a captive spewing insults.)


  10. Why did Lord Burn buy Caspian? (Because Caspian reminded Burn of his father, Caspian IX.)



  11. What was Lord Bern's plan to rescue Caspian's companions? (To use a show of force they didn't really have.  He had the captain run up some signals to a whole fleet of imaginary ships, then put in at Narrowhaven to pay the governor a visit.)


Suggested Activities:

  1. Make up a story about how the Lone Islands became attached to the crown of Narnia. Write it down for others to read (with illustrations if you like to draw)... or record the story using a cassette player! (or MP3 player or other digital recording device.)

  2. Think about the possible histories of the prisoners in Pug's ship.  Write some of them down.

  3. Read about battles won through trickery, or by a small army against all odds.  Suggestions are: The story of Gideon, Judges 6-8; David and Goliath, I Samuel 17; Samson, Judges 16; Fort McHenry, or Prince Caspian.




  4. Next: Chapter 4











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