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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Six

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:


blighter
one held n low esteem

convulsions
shaking uncontrollably

disquieting
alarming

horns
sharp mountain peaks

immense
enormous
infernal
annoying, vexing

ingots
bricks of gold or silver

innumerable
countless

laden
weighed down

lithe
flexible
precipices
overhanging or extremely steep mass of rock

shamming
faking

sheer
straight up and down

slewed
swung about

spit (noun)
small strip of land



Comprehension Questions:

  1. When did Edmund realize that Eustace was missing? (Not until after the second helping of goat for dinner.)


  2. What did the valley look like? (It was narrow and deep, with a grassy floor strewn with rocks, and black burnt patches. About fifteen yards from Eustace's descent, was a pool of clear, smooth water. The only way in or out of the valley was a long green spit of land, with precipices on either side.)

  3. What did Eustace see in the valley? (He saw a dragon die.)


  4. Why didn't Eustace recognize the creature as a dragon? (Because he had never read the right kind of books.)


  5. What did Eustace begin to feel after the dragon's death? (That he had fought and killed the dragon, instead of merely watching it die.)


  6. What did Eustace find in the dragon's cave that most of us would expect? (He found treasure, the dragon's horde.)


  7. What kind of books did Eustace read? (He read books about exports and imports, governments, and drains.)


  8. What was Eustace's reaction to the treasure? (He thought of how useful it would be in this world. He wouldn't have to pay tax on it, or give it to the government. He figured he would go to Caloremen, "it sounds the least phoney of these countries," and enjoy himself.)

  9. What happened to Eustace in the dragon's cave? Why? (Eustace turned into a dragon, because he slept on a dragon's horde, thinking greedy, dragonish thoughts.)

  10. How did turning into a dragon change the way Eustace viewed himself and others? (He saw that the others really hadn't been fiends, now that he himself was a monster cut off from the human race. He wondered if he himself had really been the nice person he had always supposed.)

  11. What did Edmund mean when he said, "If there's a wasp in the room I'd like to be able to see it"? (He meant that he wanted the dragon in front of him, where he could see it and try to do something about it, instead of out of sight, where it could pounce at any moment and catch them unawares.)

  12. Why is there seldom found more than one dragon in the same country? (Because one of a dragon's favorite foods is fresh dragon.)


Suggested Activities:

  1. Draw a picture of a dragon using the description in the book.

  2. Research some myths about dragons. This web page is a good place to begin:
    Dragons in Mythology and Religion

  3. Read the story of Androcles and the Lion from Aesop's Fables.




  4. Next: Chapter 7











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