Island Of The Blue Dolphins Novel Trivia

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Island Of The Blue Dolphins Novel Trivia - Quiz

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

    Correct Answer
    B. He was the chief of the tribe.
    Explanation
    Karana's father spoke to the Russian because he was the chief of the tribe. As the chief, he held a position of authority and responsibility, and it was his role to interact with outsiders on behalf of the tribe. The fact that he was the chief implies that he had the necessary leadership qualities and confidence to engage in communication with the Russian, unlike the others who may have been hesitant or afraid.

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  • 2. 

    How does Karana describe her brother Ramo's eyes?

    • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. They were black like a lizard's eyes.
    Explanation
    Karana describes her brother Ramo's eyes as "black like a lizard's eyes."

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  • 3. 

    What reason did the Russian give Karana's father for coming to the island?

    • 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.

    Correct Answer
    D. To hunt for sea otters.
    Explanation
    The Russian gave Karana's father the reason for coming to the island as hunting for sea otters.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. The shape of the island is like a dolphin.
    Explanation
    The book is called Island of the Blue Dolphin because the shape of the island resembles a dolphin.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. They had troubles in the past with visitors.
    Explanation
    The islanders didn't make friends with the hunters because they had troubles in the past with visitors. This suggests that the islanders had negative experiences with previous visitors, which made them hesitant to form new friendships with the hunters. It implies that these past troubles may have caused the islanders to be cautious and distrustful of outsiders, leading them to avoid making friends with the hunters.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. A school of white bass
    Explanation
    The good fortune that befell the islanders was the arrival of a school of white bass. This indicates that the islanders were able to benefit from the abundance of fish, which could provide them with a valuable food source. The arrival of the school of white bass would have been seen as a stroke of luck for the islanders, as it would have provided them with sustenance and potentially improved their quality of life.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    D. She was a friend to the otters, and did not like seeing them hurt.
    Explanation
    Karana didn't watch the Aleuts hunt sea otters because she considered herself a friend to the otters and did not want to see them get hurt. This suggests that Karana had a deep empathy and connection with the otters, which made it difficult for her to witness their harm.

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  • 8. 

    Why were the islanders working on the log that washed ashore?

    • 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.

    Correct Answer
    B. They were making canoes from the wood,
    Explanation
    The islanders were working on the log that washed ashore to make canoes from the wood. Canoes are commonly made from logs, so it makes sense that the islanders would use the log to construct their own canoes.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. They were afraid they would leave without paying .
    Explanation
    The islanders were concerned about the Aleut hunters leaving the island without paying because they had provided them with goods and services, and they expected to be compensated for their efforts.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. He wanted the Captain to give him three chests, instead of one.
    Explanation
    The chief initially refused Captain Orlov's offer because he wanted the Captain to give him three chests instead of just one.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. He kept the sea otter pelts until the Aleuts delivered the chest.
    Explanation
    The chief tried to get a fair deal by keeping the sea otter pelts until the Aleuts delivered the chest. This ensured that he had the leverage to ensure that the exchange was fair and that the Aleuts fulfilled their end of the deal before receiving the pelts.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. If he spoke his real name.
    Explanation
    The myth that islanders believed was that if the chief spoke his real name, it would lessen his power. This suggests that the chief's real name held some sort of mystical or magical significance, and revealing it would diminish his authority and influence over the tribe. The belief in this myth highlights the importance of secrecy and symbolism in the islanders' culture, where names held great power and were closely guarded to maintain the chief's status and authority.

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  • 13. 

    How many islanders were slain after the battle?

    • A.

      15

    • B.

      27

    • C.

      42

    • D.

      6

    Correct Answer
    B. 27
    Explanation
    After the battle, a total of 27 islanders were slain.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    C. They had to start doing more work to make up for the islanders killed in the battle.
    Explanation
    After the battle, the role of women changed as they were required to take on additional work to compensate for the loss of islanders in the battle. This implies that they had to shoulder more responsibilities and contribute more towards the community's needs.

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  • 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.

    Correct Answer
    A. They were sad from all of the memories.
    Explanation
    The islanders were unhappy because they were sad from all of the memories. This suggests that something happened in the past that caused them to feel sadness and this is affecting their present state of unhappiness.

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  • 16. 

    How do you like the story so far?

  • 17. 

    What new challenges are the islanders having to face?

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