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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Five

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:


motionless because of lack of wind

tall, laced boots


attention to detail
wicked people

narrow inlet of sea between cliffs

without hope

sleeveless jackets

deserving of hatred
acting condescending

reef (verb)
roll or fold sail to reduce size

threatening evil

wake (noun)
track left in the water by a moving ship


Comprehension Questions:

  1. Why did Lucy think she was the most fortunate girl in the world? (Because she woke each morning to see the reflections of the sunlit water on the ceiling, and could look around at her nice, new things from the Lone Islands, and then could go out on deck and look out to a sea that was always a brighter blue.)

  2. Why did Reepicheep sometimes lose in chess? (Because sometimes he would forget that it was a game of chess and move a knight the way he himself would have gone in a real battle.)

  3. What indications of a storm did Lucy notice? (Clouds building up to the west at an alarming speed, the waves took on unusual shapes, the air grew cold, the ship seemed to move uneasily, and the sail would go limp one minute and be wildly full the next.)

  4. In his diary Eustace writes, "We have been driven before a hurricane for thirteen days and nights. I know that because I kept a careful count, though the others all say it was only twelve. Pleasant to be embarked on a dangerous voyage with people who can't even count right!" What is wrong with his logic? (He assumes that he is right, while everyone else is wrong, which is presumably not the case.)

  5. Why was Eustace wrong when he said, "perspiration really cools people down, so the men would need less water if they were working?" (Because when you sweat, or perspire, you are losing water through your skin, and you need to replace it so you don't get dehydrated. Therefore, the men would need more water if they were working.)
  6. Why did everyone ask Eustace what he proposed? (Because he was arguing against every idea they had come up with, and it's only right to have an idea of your own if you think someone's idea won't work.)

  7. How did Eustace show that he was guilty of attempting to steal water? (By first sneaking out of the cabin he shared with Edmund and Caspian, then lying about his purpose in coming out, and finally trying to cast suspicion on Reepicheep.)

  8. What did Caspian mean when he said any man caught stealing water would "get two dozen?" (He meant that anyone caught stealing water would get two dozen lashes with a whip.)

  9. Why didn't the crew of the Dawn Treader land on the island that night? (For fear of wild beasts or savage natives. A very smart precaution.)

  10. What did Eustace's persistence show? (That his new life aboard the Dawn Treader had already done him some good.)

  11. Of what had Eustace convinced himself? (That all the others were fiends in human form.)

Suggested Activities:

  1. Draw a picture of the bay in the mountainous island.

  2. Take a walk through the woods and try climbing around on some rocks (if you can find any!)

  3. Learn to play chess (if you don't already know how) and then find someone to play with... or teach someone who doesn't know how to play!

  4. Next: Chapter 6

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