Special Sub-Topic: Narnia, Awake!
|At the very outset of this book, we are introduced to a girl named Polly. What is Polly's last name?|
Plummer. "In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road. In those days, if you were a boy you had to wear a stiff Eton collar every day, and schools were usually nastier than now. But meals were nicer; and as for sweets, I won't tell you how cheap and good they were, because it would only make your mouth water in vain. And in those days there lived in London a girl called Polly Plummer."
|What was in the box that Uncle Andrew inherited from his Godmother?|
Only Dust. To make matters even more interesting, Uncle Andrew tells Digory that the dust was from the lost city of Atlantis.
|"Make your choice, adventurous Stranger;
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it ___________________,
What would have followed if you had."
What is the rest of the poem?|
drives you mad. This warning/invitation was inscribed on the plaque that sat on the table that also held the small bell and mallet in Charn.
|How did Aslan call Narnia into being?|
Singing. "In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth herself. There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful that he could hardly bear it."
|What task was the Cabby's wife doing when Aslan brought her into Narnia?|
Washing laundry. "The young woman had apparently been in the middle of a washing day, for she wore an apron, her sleeves were rolled up to the elbow, and there were soapsuds on her hands. If she had had time to put on her good clothes (her best hat had imitation cherries on it) she would have looked dreadful; as it was, she looked rather nice."
|The inscription on the gate of the garden Aslan sent the children to read:
"Come in by the gold gates or not at all,
Take of my fruit for others or forbear,
For those who steal or those who climb my wall
Shall find their heart's desire and ____________."
Finish the inscription.|
find despair. The Queen had climbed over the wall and stolen one of the apples. Because she ate it, she was granted her heart's desire, but was cursed.
|Upon finding Uncle Andrew, the talking animals were quite perplexed by him. What was it that the Elephant wanted to do with Uncle Andrew?|
Plant him like a tree. When they had first encountered Uncle Andrew in his unconscious state, they tried to figure out what to do with him. Many of the animals suggested that he may be a tree.
"Very well," said the Elephant. "Then if it's a tree, it wants to be planted. We must dig a hole."
|Where did the gold and silver used to make King Frank's and Queen Helen's crowns come from?|
Gold and silver trees. When Uncle Andrew had been turned upside-down, silver half-crowns and gold half-sovereigns (British coins) had fallen from his pockets. Just as with the toffee tree, the lamp-post, and the tree of protection, the coins grew into trees which dwarfs stripped of their metal branches, melted down and fashioned into elegant crowns for the new king and queen of Narnia. (Incidentally, it was the talking moles that dug the precious stones for the crowns.)
|After eating their supper of sweets, Digory and Polly planted one of the sweets. Why did they do this?|
They thought it would grow into a tree. Narnia was still so young. Everything was alive and growing at incredible rates. They figured that by planting the remaining toffee, it would grow into a toffee tree. When they woke up, they were greeted by a tree with toffee-like apple-ish fruits.
|Upon returning from Narnia, Uncle Andrew continued his experiments with magic with new zeal, having been inspired by all the wondrous things he'd seen. |
f. "Uncle Andrew never tried any magic again as long as he lived. He had learned his lesson, and in his old age he became a nicer and less selfish old man than he had ever been before."
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