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Island Of The Blue Dolphins Chapters 1-5

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Island Of The Blue Dolphins Chapters 1-5

The students will answer comprehension questions for Chapters 1-5 in Island of the Blue Dolphins. Using information gained from reading the chapters, answer the following questions.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why did only Karana's father speak to the Russian?
    • A. 

      He was the first to reach them.

    • B. 

      He was the chief of the tribe.

    • C. 

      Unlike the others, he was not afraid to speak to them.

    • D. 

      He lost at Rock-Paper-Scissors

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      They were black like midnight.

    • B. 

      They were dreamy.

    • C. 

      They were black like a lizard's eyes.

    • D. 

      They were green as the Emerald Sea.

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      To search for hidden treasures.

    • B. 

      To search for wild dogs to take back to native country.

    • C. 

      To hunt for deer, turkey, and beavers that inhabit the island.

    • D. 

      To hunt for sea otters.

  • 4. 
    Why is the book called Island of the Blue Dolphin?
    • A. 

      The shape of the island is like a dolphin.

    • B. 

      There are blue dolphins that live in the cove.

    • C. 

      The Russians named it when they came to hunt dolphins.

    • D. 

      Karana and her brother liked dolphins, so they named it.

  • 5. 
    Why didn't the islanders make friends with the hunters?
    • A. 

      They had troubles in the past with visitors.

    • B. 

      They could not understand the language.

    • C. 

      They did not like the food they brought to the feast.

    • D. 

      There were too many to befriend.

  • 6. 
    What was the good fortune that befell the islanders?
    • A. 

      A school of white bass

    • B. 

      A pod of dolphins

    • C. 

      A herd of deer

    • D. 

      A pack of wild dogs

  • 7. 
    Why didn't Karana watch the Aleuts hunt sea otters?
    • A. 

      She was busy picking ginger.

    • B. 

      She was helping her brother gather wood.

    • C. 

      She was watching the lady islanders make jewelry.

    • D. 

      She was a friend to the otters, and did not like seeing them hurt.

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      They were chopping the wood to make fires.

    • B. 

      They were making canoes from the wood,

    • C. 

      They were splitting the wood to help build their shelters.

    • D. 

      They were helping the Russians repair their boats.

  • 9. 
    Why were the islanders concerned about the Aleut hunters leaving the island?
    • A. 

      They were afraid they would leave without paying .

    • B. 

      They were afraid they would leave without them.

    • C. 

      They were afraid they would leave the island without cleaning up.

    • D. 

      They were afraid they would leave without saying good-bye.

  • 10. 
    Why wouldn't the chief agree to Captain Orlov's offer at first?
    • A. 

      He felt the Captain was trying to trick him.

    • B. 

      He wanted the Captain to give him one chest, instead of three.

    • C. 

      He wanted the Captain to give him three chests, instead of one.

    • D. 

      He was not sure what was in the chests.

  • 11. 
    How did the chief try to get a fair deal?
    • A. 

      He kept the sea otter pelts until the Aleuts delivered the chest.

    • B. 

      He had one Aleut stay back until the chest was delivered.

    • C. 

      He drew straws with Captain Orlov to see who would echange first.

    • D. 

      He let one person from his tribe choose a chest.

  • 12. 
    What was the myth that islanders believed lessened the chief's power?
    • A. 

      If it rained during his ceremony.

    • B. 

      If he wore red during battle.

    • C. 

      If he spoke his real name.

    • D. 

      If he caught a sea otter while out fishing with the tribe.

  • 13. 
    • A. 

      15

    • B. 

      27

    • C. 

      42

    • D. 

      6

  • 14. 
    How did the role of the women change after the battle?
    • A. 

      They had to cook less food.

    • B. 

      They had to start teaching the young children how to speak Russian.

    • C. 

      They had to start doing more work to make up for the islanders killed in the battle.

    • D. 

      They had to start hunting wild dogs.

  • 15. 
    Why were the islanders unhappy?
    • A. 

      They were sad from all of the memories.

    • B. 

      They did not like living with the Russians.

    • C. 

      They did not like having to build new homes.

    • D. 

      They were scared of the wild dogs.

  • 16. 
  • 17. 
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