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

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:
Chapter Nine

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:


ceased
- stopped

conspicuous
- noticeable

contrary
- opposite

downright
- blunt

enmity
- hatred

enthusiasm
- eagerness

extracted
- removed

flagged
- paved with flagstone

gentry
- people of a specific class or kind

indication
- sign

mallet
- wooden hammer with a barrel-shaped head

outrageous
- ridiculous

parley
- discuss terms with an enemy

skulking
- sneaking

treacherous
- faithless, untrustworthy



Comprehension Questions:

  1. When did they discover a new island? (On the last day they could risk sailing east, they discovered an island.)


  2. What was different about this island? (Almost completely silent, grass was thick and smooth, no dead limbs or twigs on the ground, smooth path lined with evenly spaced trees with a two storied house at the end -- obviously an inhabited island, even though there was no one to be seen.)

  3. Why was it a good thing Lucy dropped back to take a stone out of her shoe? (She was able to overhear the conversation of the invisible people, so she could warn her companions of the danger.)

  4. What did Caspian and Eustace think the moving pump handle meant? What did it really mean? (Caspian said that there was magic afoot, and Eustace thought it was machinery. But it was actually one of the invisible people standing there moving it.)

  5. What did Reepicheep say that made sense? (Reepicheep said that, "It is folly to think of avoiding an invisible enemy by any amount of creeping and skulking. If these creatures mean to bring us to battle, be sure they will succeed. And whatever comes of it I'd sooner meet them face-to-face than be caught by the tail.")
  6. What does the conversation of the invisible people show? (It shows that they are not very clever, and that they would agree with anything the Chief said, no matter how ridiculous it sounds.)

  7. Why did the people turn themselves invisible? Why did they want to become visible again? (Because they couldn't stand to look at each other's "uglified" faces. They went to the Magic Book to find a spell to take off the ugliness, but couldn't find it, so turned themselves invisible instead. They wanted to become visible again because they were tired of being invisible.)
  8. What had the people not expected when they turned themselves invisible? (They had not expected the Magician to turn invisible as well.)


  9. Why did Reepicheep encourage Lucy to help the invisible people? (Because he could see that it was the only chance of her getting off of the island again, and that it was in no way contrary to her honor as a Queen.)

  10. Why could Reepicheep say, "If the Queen's heart moves her to risk the magician, I will not speak against it," without feeling awkward? (Because no one had ever known him to be afraid of anything, so he wouldn't sound as if he was trying to save his own skin when he said it.)


Suggested Activities:

  1. Draw a picture of the house.

  2. See if you can reproduce the thumping sound the invisible people made.

  3. Write about someone you know, or someone you've read about, who did something brave to save someone else.




  4. Next: Chapter 10











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