C. S. LEWIS
                                      Prince Caspian
                                                 Chapters 1-8

  
                                         STUDY QUESTIONS

1. What you can determine about the setting of this story from Chap. 1?  Who are the main characters?  Where are they?   What are they doing there?  What happens to them?  Where do they end up?  What kind of a place is it?

2. In Chap. 2, where does Peter deduce they must be?  What evidence is there to support his deduction?  How much time must have passed since they were last there (in earth years; in Narnia years)?  What do they find in the treasure room?

3. The children meet a Dwarf in Chap. 3.  Who is it?  How is he described?  What does he look like?

4. In Chap. 4 the Dwarf tells the children about the current, true king of Narnia, the young Caspian the Tenth.  His Uncle Miraz claimed to be king and he had forbidden Caspian to talk (or even think!) about Old Narnia.  What two people tell Caspian the truth about Old Narnia?  What does he learn from them?  What kind of creature is Caspian’s tutor?  Why does he risk his life to tell Caspian the truth?

5.  In Chap. 5 Caspian learns that his Uncle Miraz wants to kill him.  Why?  What else does Caspian learn about Miraz and the kind of king he has been?  What treasure does Doctor Cornelius give to Caspian?  Describe the three creatures who find Caspian.  How are they different from each other?  Which seems to be most loyal to Old Narnia?

6. Caspian meets many of his loyal subjects in Chap. 6.   How many different kinds of creatures does he meet (including the Fauns at the end)?  How does this chapter end?  Does Caspian join in?

7. In Chap. 7 Caspian meets some new creatures.  They also seem to be loyal subjects.  Who (and what kind of creatures) are they?  What old friend surprises Caspian by showing up at the Council on Dancing Lawn?  How did he get there?   Where does he propose they all go for safety against Miraz?  (The noun “how” is from an old Norse and Teutonic name for mound or cairn—a mound of stones erected as a marker or memorial.)  What great event had occurred here many years before?  When does Cornelius recommend blowing the horn in order to maximize the operation of its “White Magic”?

8. How does Trumpkin describe the sound of Susan’s horn in Chap. 8?  The children realize they have been called into Narnia like a Genie out of a bottle. What word do they use instead of “Genie”?  What other story do they think of where something similar had happened?  Trumpkin doesn’t have much respect for their fighting skills until they defeat him in practice.  Who beats him with the sword?  Who beats him with bow and arrows?  What does D.L.F. stand for?
 



                                                     
C. S. LEWIS
                                  Prince Caspian
                                  
Chapters 9-15

                                     STUDY QUESTIONS

9. Whom does Lucy try to “wake up” at the beginning of Chap. 9?  “Waking up” is a theme in this book (cf.  Chap. 10).  Be on the look out for other such references.  What does Edmund accuse the girls of never carrying?  How does Lucy respond?  How does Trumpkin help them with food?  What dreadful idea does thinking about the bear give Lucy?  How many of the group can see Aslan when he appears?

10. Why does Peter call Lucy a hero in Chap. 10?  Lucy witnesses a second dance in this chapter (the first is mentioned at the end of Chap. 6).  Which creatures are involved?  Describe the dance?   Lucy has a wonderful conversation with Aslan in this chapter.  Why does He seem bigger to her than before?  What does Lucy realize she’s being doing wrong?  Does she say she’s sorry?

11. In Chap. 11 who is the first one to defend Lucy (again)?   Jesus told His followers that “the gate is narrow and the way is hard” (Matt. 7:14).  Is the path Aslan takes anything like that in this chapter?  Who apologizes to Lucy when they arrive at the Stone Table?  Why is it significant that she asks forgiveness at this particular place?  What special words does Aslan have for each member of the group?  Chap. 11 ends with a third dance, or “Romp.”  Who is involved?  Did Susan and Lucy think that they were safe with this group?  Why?

12.  What evil friends does Nikabrik bring, supposedly to help their cause, in Chap. 12?  What does Nikabrik want to do?  Why?  What went wrong with Nikabrik?  How does Caspian explain what happened to Nikabrik?

13. In Chap. 13 who challenges Miraz to single combat?   In the letter of challenge we learn something about Peter and Edmund.  To which Orders of Knighthood did they belong?  What honor does Reepicheep request from Peter?  To whom does the honor go instead?  What tactful reason does Peter give to Reepicheep for denying his request?  How does Reepicheep accept it?

14. In this chapter Peter demonstrates his heroic valor and chivalry in the battle with Miraz.  Which incident during the battle stands out?  Who else demonstrates his courage in battle?  Whom does Aslan command to deliver the river from his chains?  What special treat does Aslan give to the children after the battle?  In John 2:9 Jesus turns water into wine.  Whom does Aslan direct to turn water into wine for the little old woman?

15. In 2 Corinthians 3:5 St. Paul claims that his “sufficiency” (or “competence”) comes from God.  In 2 Corinthians 12:9 he reports that Jesus told him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Can you find any parallel situations in this chapter of Prince Caspian?   Which Order of Knighthood does Peter bestow, at Aslan’s command, upon Caspian?  What does Aslan say is “honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth”?  

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