Robinson Crusoe’s Story Questions & Answers

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

Word Galaxy

  • 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.

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