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The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Comprehension Questions

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Many novels are more than just a good story. 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' is an incredible story full of meanings that apply both in the story and in the real world. This lesson offers a number of short answer and essay comprehension questions based on the book.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is a classic novel by C.S. Lewis. The text is full of imagery, symbolism, and meaning. Lewis uses every character to represent aspects of human nature. As such, you can encourage older readers to read it not just as a great story, but as a reflection of the real world. The remainder of this lesson offers some ideas for short answer and essay-style comprehension questions based on the book and its plot, characters, setting, symbolism, and more.

Short Answer

These questions get at the factual information in the book to see what your students remember. Some of these questions have explanation requirements that might make them long. You can alter those or just instruct students to answer them with short sentences (no elaboration needed).

  • Who found Narnia second?
  • Which animals support Aslan and which support the White Witch?
  • How did Lucy find Narnia?
  • Why didn't Edmund get a gift from Father Christmas?
  • What is the name of the area where the children enter Narnia?
  • How does the professor respond to Lucy's story?
  • What is the name of the place where Aslan's army waits for battle?
  • What is the first sign that the witch's hold on the land is weakening?
  • Who kills the White Witch?
  • From where does Aslan always come?

Essay Questions

Essay questions are for older students with developed writing skills. Some of the following questions could be altered, through instruction, to short answer questions. It depends on you how much or little you want students to elaborate on their knowledge and understanding of the book.

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