Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes


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In Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, why did Crusoe go to the trouble of building a house, learning to cook, making his own clothes, raising goats and planting crops even though he was alone on the island?

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1. In Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, who is the character Robinson Crusoe based on?

2. In Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, who does Crusoe meet when shipwrecked that becomes his companion?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'Robinson Crusoe' is a novel by Daniel Defoe, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the book. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of the year the book was written, the character that Crusoe is based upon and reoccurring themes of 'Robinson Crusoe'.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The year in which 'Robinson Crusoe' was written
  • The character that Robinson Crusoe is based on
  • The person that Robinson meets who becomes his companion
  • Crusoe's action when he is in Brazil
  • Two reoccurring themes in 'Robinson Crusoe'

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson on 'Robinson Crusoe'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the year during which 'Robinson Crusoe' was written and the name of the person who becomes his companion
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the character that Robinson Crusoe is based on and the thing he does when in Brazil

Additional Learning

To learn more about this literary work, review the accompanying lesson titled Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the number of years that Crusoe lives on the island and the amount of time he's alone there
  • Understand the rebellious, adventurous nature of young Robinson Crusoe
  • Discuss the story's legacy