Context Clues
Theme / Main Idea / Summarizing
Characters
Symbolism
Text Structure
100

Read the excerpt from Chapter 7:

"If it comes to talking about sides," said Edmund, "how do we know you're a friend?"

"Not quite meaning to be rude, Mr. Beaver," added Peter, "but you see, we're strangers."

"Quite right, quite right," said the Beaver. "Here is my token." With these words it held up to them a little white object. They all looked at it in surprise, till suddenly Lucy said, "Oh, of course. It's my handkerchief--the one I gave to poor Mr. Tumnus." 


What is the meaning of the word token as it is used in the excerpt?

something given as an assurance of identity 

100

What is a good theme for Chapter 7 of our text?

A theme of chapter 7 is good vs. evil. The chapter begins with the siblings seeing Mr. Beaver hiding in the bushes. The siblings immediately begin a discussion to determine whether or not the beaver is a nice beaver. Then, when the siblings do talk to the beaver, Edmund asks, “If it comes to talking about sides, how do we know you’re a friend?” The beaver offers proof that he is a good beaver by giving Lucy Mr. Tumnus’ handkerchief. He then begins to speak of Aslan. When Mr. Beaver mentions Aslan, the text states, “A very curious thing happened.” All of the children felt different. Edmund felt “horror.” This supports the theme of good vs. evil because Edmund, a character who is conflicted with what side he is on, had a bad feeling when Aslan’s name, a character who represents good, was mentioned. On the contrary to the horror that Edmund felt, Peter felt “brave.” Susan and Lucy both felt a sense of happiness. It is clear from the responses of the characters that Peter, Susan, and Lucy have a positive reaction and are on the side of good immediately. Edmund has a negative reaction and may be on the bad side. The beaver brings the siblings to his home for dinner, and is kind to them, so we assume he is on the good side, too. Grade 5: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

100

Which statement best describes Edmund and Peter’s response to the beaver when they first meet him?

a.Both Peter and Edmund are reluctant to trust Beaver because the children do not know him.

b.Both Peter and Edmund are reluctant to trust Beaver because Beaver seems very wild.

c.Peter is reluctant to trust the Beaver, but Edmund trusts Beaver because he knows Beaver is on their side.

d.Peter trusts Beaver because he offers him food and drink, but Edmund is reluctant to trust him.

a.Both Peter and Edmund are reluctant to trust Beaver because the children do not know him.

100

Why does an author use symbolism in their literary piece?

To convey deeper meanings about a topic or subject

100

Read the following excerpt from Chapter 7.

"That's right," said Beaver. "Poor fellow, he got wind of the arrest before it actually happened and handed this over to me. He said that if anything happened to him I must meet you here and take you on to--" Here the beaver's voice sank into silence and it gave one or two very mysterious nods. Then signaling to the children to stand as close around it as they possibly could, so that their faces were actually tickled by its whiskers, it added in a low whisper--
"They say Aslan is on the move--perhaps has already landed."

Which sentence best explains how these paragraphs fit into the overall structure of Chapter 7?

a. They establish the seriousness of Beaver's plan for making the trip to the dam.

b. They establish the importance of Beaver's introduction of Aslan.

c. They establish the seriousness of the idea that the children are lost.

d. They establish the importance of Beaver's token that Tumnus gave him. 

b. They establish the importance of Beaver's introduction of Aslan.

200

Which context clue in the paragraph best helps in understanding the meaning of the word token?


a. “how do we know you’re a friend?"

b.“little white object”

c.“If it comes to talking about sides”

d.“They all looked at it in surprise” Grade 5: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


a. "how do we know you're a friend?'

200

Read the following excerpt from Chapter 7.

"I know what it is," said Peter; "it's a beaver. I saw the tail."

"It wants us to go to it," said Susan, "and it is warning us not to make a noise."

"I know," said Peter. "The question is, are we to go to it or not? What do you think, Lu?"

"I think it's a nice beaver," said Lucy.

"Yes, but how do we know?" said Edmund.

"Shan't we have to risk it?" said Susan. " I mean, it's no good just standing here and I feel I want some dinner."

How are the characters Lucy and Edmund different in this excerpt? 

a. Edmund is angry at everyone, while Lucy is unconcerned about others.

b. Edmund is scared of everything they encounter, while Lucy is very brave.

c. Edmund is tired of being in the woods, while Lucy is enjoying it.

d. Edmund is suspicious and negative, while Lucy is very trusting an positive.

d. Edmund is suspicious and negative, while Lucy is very trusting an positive.

200

Which animal symbolizes wisdom and knowledge?

Owl

200

What evidence from the passage best supports the answer to Part A?

a. "S-s-s-sh,' said the Beaver, 'not here. I must bring you where we can have a real talk and also dinner."

b. "Everyone suddenly realized the same fact that Edmund had whispered to Peter at the end of the last chapter. They were lost."

c. "None of the children know who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different."

d. "Here is my token." Wirth these words it held up to them a little white object. They all looked at it in surprise, till suddenly Lucy said, "Oh, of course. It's my handkerchief--the one I gave to poor Mr. Tumnus."

c. "None of the children know who Aslan was any more than you do; but the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different."

300

Read this excerpt from Chapter 7.

Just below them a dam had been built across this river, and when they saw it everyone suddenly remembered that of course beavers are always making dams and felt quite sure that Mr. Beaver had made this one. They also noticed that he now had a sort of modest expression on his face—the sort of look people have when you are visiting a garden they’ve made or reading a story they’ve written. So it was only common politeness when Susan said, “What a lovely dam!” And Mr. Beaver didn’t say “Hush” this time but “Merely a trifle! Merely a trifle! And it isn’t really finished!

Which statement best expresses the meaning of the phrase “Merely a trifle!” as it is used by Beaver in the paragraph?

Beaver is telling the children that the dam is just ordinary, because he is very humble.

300

Which evidence from the excerpt best supports the answer to Part A? 

a. "And now what are we do?" said Edmund, giving Peter a look which was as much as to say "What did I tell you?"

b. "I think it's a nice beaver," said Lucy. "Yes, but how do we know?" said Edmund.

c. ("And I wonder how Peter will take that? he asked himself) and horrible ideas came into his head. 

d. "Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer." 

b. "I think it's a nice beaver," said Lucy. "Yes, but how do we know?" said Edmund.

300

The main character in a story has had a hard life. The last chapter shows a picture of her twirling around on a spring day surrounded by newly budding trees and blooming flowers. How is the character feeling at this point?

like her life is restarting; representing a new birth

300

Read the sentences from Chapter 7.

"S-s-s-sh," said the Beaver, "not here. I must bring you where we can have a real talk and also dinner."

Which sentence best explains how the Beaver's mention of dinner influences how the events are described in Chapter 7? 

a. The mood of the group changes from the fear of the meeting with Beaver to the amusement of Beaver's humor.

b. The mood of the group changes from the fear of meeting with Beaver to the lighthearted thoughts about dinner.

c. The mood of the group changes from the calmness of the discuss of Aslan to the amusement of Beaver's humor.

d. The mood of the group changes from the mysteriousness of the discussion of Aslan to hopeful thoughts about dinner.

d. The mood of the group changes from the mysteriousness of the discussion of Aslan to hopeful thoughts about dinner.

400

Which context clue in the paragraph best helps in understanding the meaning of the phrase “Merely a trifle!”?

a.“it isn’t really finished”

b.“Mr. Beaver had made this one”

c.“What a lovely dam!”

d.“modest expression on his face”

d. “modest expression on his face” 


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How is Edmund's reaction to seeing the Beaver's dam different from the other members of the group?

a. While Edmund notices the house and thinks about dinner, the others are amazed at the beauty of the place.

b. While Edmund notices the icicles and is amazed at their beauty, the others notice the house and think about dinner.

c. While Edmund notices the smaller river and two small hills and thinks about the Witch, the others are amazed at the beauty of the place.

d. While Edmund notices the smaller river and two small hills and thinks about eating dinner, the others are amazed at the beauty of the place.

c. While Edmund notices the smaller river and two small hills and thinks about the Witch, the others are amazed at the beauty of the place.

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