Hi Everyone!! This article will share Robinson Crusoe’s Story Questions & Answers.
This poem is written by Charles E. Carryl. In my previous posts, I have shared the questions and answers of The Clockwork Mouse, Dear Diary and Eldorado so, you can check these posts as well.
Robinson Crusoe’s Story Questions & Answers
- Piccadilly Daisy – the name of the ship that Robinson Crusoe was on, which sank
- ‘em – them
- Population – here, person
- Tavern – an inn; a place to stay
- Cavern – a cave
- Stew – a dish of meat, fish or vegetables that is cooked by slow simmering
- Lard – fat or grease
- Prickly pears – fruit from the cactus of the same name
- Gizzard (s) – the stomach of birds
- Tan(ned) – to convert animal skin into leather by treating it with tannin
- Diversion – amusement
- Gravel – small stones
- Ornamental – fancy and decorative
Question 1: Where does Crusoe get his food from and what kinds of food does he eat?
Answer: He gets his food from around the island; toasted lizards, parrot intestine, prickly pears, beetles, lard from his garden, carrot, jungleberry tea, stews, etc.
Question 2: What does the poet find amusing in the line: And I sit and watch for people at the door?
Answer: It’s a deserted island, no signs of life for miles, yet the poet is trying to strike a note of normalcy as if people walk in all the time.
Question 3: What does Crusoe ‘scrape and sand’? What does this mean?
Answer: Crusoe scrapes and sands his clothes i.e. scrubs the animal hide he uses to clothe himself, to rid it of hair and insects.
Question 4: Why do you think Crusoe needed a family excursion and with whom does he go?
Answer: To appear scientifically knowledgeable; for distraction and entertainment.
Question 5: Robinson Crusoe had a small family on the island. What details would you use from the poem to agree or disagree with this statement.
Answer: I agree with the statement because he goes on excursions with his helper Friday and his domestic animals. He treats his animals like his family and knows their unique qualities.
Question 6: After reading the poem, what impression do you get about Crusoe’s life on the island?
Answer: I think that Crusoe worked very hard to lead a comfortable life on the island. He grew food, kept a house, made his own clothes, and tried to have a good time even though he was miles away from home.
Question 7: Read the lines and answer the questions:
1. I spent no time in looking……..for a girl to do my cooking.
(a) Why does the speaker spend no time in looking? Give reasons.
Answer: He may have to wait a very long time since the island is deserted; also, he’s good at cooking himself.
(b) Does the speaker find other help?
Answer: Yes, Friday, to do his cleaning.
(c) How does this person help?
Answer: Keeps the cavern and shoes tidy.
2. If the roads are wet and muddy…..We remain at home and study.
(a) Who remains at home?
Answer: Crusoe, Friday and their animal friends.
(b) What are those who remain at home studying?
Answer: Goat – sums, Dog – ornamental writing, Cat – drum.
(c) What does the speaker want to attract our attention to about those who are studying?
Answer: That they are very particular about cleanliness and personal hygiene.
Question 8: Words and meaning:
a. On to dry land – ashore
b. Drowned – carried down
c. Cave – cavern
d. An expert – clever hand
e. Developing – cultivating
f. Hairy – furry
g. Amusement – diversion
h. Samples – specimens
Question 9: What detail can you gather about the following from the poem:
a. The goat – clever at sums
b. The dog – interested in ornamental writing
c. The sailors – the water drowned them
d. The Morocco suit – was furry, almost chewed up by moths, then scraped and sanded by Crusoe
e. Food – tough and dry
f. Crusoe’s house – rocky but neat
g. Domestic help – Friday, for keeping house and cleaning Crusoe’s shoes
h. Collecting – a family excursion for entertainment; Crusoe is always accompanied by domestic animals, collects specimens of plants, stones, and insects
i. Routine – rise at seven, retire at eleven
So, these were Robinson Crusoe’s Story Questions & Answers.