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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Eight

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:

- small boat made of hide

- strong wind

- spaces between objects

- side of the ship sheltered from the wind

- small pieces of wood

- beating incessantly

- size

- chased

- rough

- alcoholic beverage made from molasses

- peak

- arrogant

- personal bravery

- bright reds

- small pliant twigs or branches, often used to make furniture

Comprehension Questions:

  1. Why did they believe the island had been inhabited by people? (They found the ruins of stone huts, blackened places where fires had been, and some broken weapons.)

  2. What did they find on Burnt Island? (A coracle, made for either a child or a Dwarf, so it was just the right size for Reepicheep.)

  3. What was Drinian watching astern, and why did it make him suspicious? (A line of something that looked a little like smooth rounded rocks with intervals of about forty feet between them. He was suspicious because they hadn't been there before, and then they started moving closer.)

  4. What did the Sea Serpent look like? (It was all greens, and vermillions, with purple blotches, and its head was shaped rather like a horse's except without ears. ti had huge eyes, and a gaping mouth, filled with a double row of sharp fish-like teeth.)

  5. What did the serpent do that none of the crew were expecting? (Instead of pouncing, it thrust its head over the ship, and brought it down into the water on the other side, forming and arc out of its body over the ship, which rapidly began to shrink.)

  6. What was the first brave thing Eustace had ever done and what did it accomplish? (As soon as the serpent's body was near enough, Eustace leaped up on the bulwark and began hacking at it with all that he was worth.)

  7. What did Reepicheep mean when he said not to fight, but to push? (That instead of wasting energy trying to peirce the serpent's thick hide, they should push on its body, to move the ship out from under its loop.)

  8. What did the serpent seem to expect to find? (The wreck of the Dawna Treader floating alongside its body.)

  9. What did they find when they sat down in the heather? (The remains of a sword, a mail shirt, a dagger, and some Narnian coins, the "Trees," and the "Lions" used at the marketplaces of Beaversdam or Beruna.)

  10. Why did Edmund wonder about what they had found? (Because he had read detective stories, he wondered why there were no bones with the armor.)

  11. Why was it fortunate that Eustace was distracted before taking a drink? (Because the water in the spring turned everything it touched into gold, including Edmund's hunting spear, the toes of his boots, and one of the missing lords who had jumped in long ago.)

  12. Why did Aslan appear to the Pevensies, Eustace, and Caspian? (Because the thought of an unlimited supply of gold had began to infect their minds, and Caspian and Edmund were at the point of drawing their swords against each other. The sight of Aslan distracted them, and they immediately forgot what had happened over the past hour, the time they had spent in the valley with the spring.)

Suggested Activities:

  1. Draw a picture of the Sea Serpent.

  2. Write a short story about the people who lived on Burnt Island. How were they attacked? Did anyone survive? If they did survive, where did they go? What kind of people were they?

  3. Read a detective story. See if you can solve the mysteries. Encyclopedia Brown is a good book for this activity.

  4. Next: Chapter 9

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