Narnia Vocabulary Chapter 5 – Back on This Side of the Door




cruel, mean, desire to see someone suffer


extremely bad or unpleasant


constantly annoy, irritate, or “bug”


unpleasant; acting like a beast


to openly make fun of someone


to grope clumsily; to fail in attempting something


disturb someone in the middle of something; cut off someone who’s speaking


tourists; day trippers

suit of armor

combat outfit worn by knights in the Middle Ages


disrespectful laughter behind someone’s back


quarrel; argument


showing thoughtfulness or nice treatment


take for granted; expect




Narnian Expressions:


“Sharp’s the word.”  Re-read the passage on p. 56.  Explain in your own words what you think this expression means based on the context of the story.



I.  Vocabulary Enrichment Activities – Chapter 5


A.  Fill in the blanks from the vocabulary words used in this chapter. Use the context of the story to help you determine which word to use.


1)      When Lucy and Edmund return from Narnia, Lucy is hurt when Edmund, in the most __________________ and malicious way possible, says that she is lying and that they were just “pretending” to visit Narnia.  In fact, Edmund is quite _______ towards Lucy from then on and often ________________ and ________________ at Lucy behind her back, making great fun of her so-called adventure.


2)      Of course we know that Edmund is really the liar, but it was a most ____________ and unpleasant time for poor Lucy because she had been used to being treated with ____________________ and kindness.


3)      Peter and Susan are at a loss about what to do with Lucy and ________________ that she is making up the whole story. They are so concerned they talk to the Professor and ask him to help.



B.  Read the following sentences. If the underlined word is used correctly, write “correct.”  If not, write a word that makes sense based on the context of the sentence. [Note: The sentences are not necessarily based on the facts of the story.]


1)      Lucy had such a beastly time in Narnia visiting with Mr. Tumnus that she vowed never to return again._________________________

2)      When Edmund tried to follow Lucy, he fumbled at the door and it took him a while to open it. _________________________

3)      When Lucy told her story, the children all sniggered at her and begged her to continue telling them about her wonderful adventure. _______________________

4)      Peter treated Lucy with great consideration and jeered at her to tell him more about Narnia. _________________________

5)      The sightseers planned a quick visit to the castle before they returned to the city. _________________________


C.  Multiple Choice:  Read each statement, then select the best possible answer      based on the context of the story.  Circle the letter of your choice.


1)      When Lucy and Edmund returned from Narnia, Lucy felt:

a)      very concerned about Mr. Tumnus because she’d seen the White Witch.

b)      depressed because she knew Edmund would call her liar.

c)      that Edmund was lying about something.

d)      excited and happy because she was sure Edmund would tell the others she was telling the truth.


2)      When Lucy tells the others Edmund has also been to Narnia:

a)      Peter and Susan are overjoyed.

b)      Peter and Susan think they are both lying.

c)      Edmund denies it and says it was just a “pretend” game.

d)      Peter and Susan decide to go to Narnia right away.


3)      Peter becomes:

a)      very angry with Edmund for encouraging Lucy.

b)      very angry with Lucy for lying.

c)      very excited and can’t wait to go to Narnia.

d)      very confused about who is telling the truth.




4)      Peter and Susan seem concerned that Lucy:

a)      is depressed and needs help.

b)      is becoming a liar or losing her mind.

c)      is making up stories to get  attention.

d)      is trying to get back at Edmund for not believing her.


5)      Peter accuses Edmund of:

a)      hating Lucy.

b)      wanting them to gang up on Lucy.

c)      being mean to anyone smaller.

d)      being a liar.


6)      When Peter and Susan tell the Professor about Lucy’s story, he:

a)      asks why they didn’t believe her.

b)      agrees to write to their parents.

c)      agrees to talk to Lucy.

d)      suggests they take Lucy to see a doctor.


7)      Which one is NOT a possibility the Professor mentions regarding Lucy’s story?

a)      She is telling lies.

b)      She is telling the truth.

c)      She is mad.

d)      She is unhappy and wants attention.


8)      According to the Professor, what makes it most probable that Lucy’s story is likely to be true?

a)      Edmund says she’s lying.

b)      Lucy doesn’t tell lies.

c)      Lucy isn’t smart enough to make up all the details she knows about Narnia.

d)      If there were another world, it would have a time of its own.


9)      The Professor’s advice for dealing with Lucy is to:

a)      go along with her story.

b)      mind their own business.

c)      send Lucy back to London.

d)      lock Lucy in her room.


10)   Why did people often visit the Professor’s house?

a)      The Professor was a famous author.

b)      The Queen of England stayed there.

c)      The house was old and famous.

d)      The house was haunted.


11)      What did Mrs. Macready, the housekeeper, tell the children to do when she was showing people the house?

a)      to be helpful and answer their questions

b)      to prepare a nice tea for them

c)      to find the professor at once

d)      to disappear and not make any noise


12)  Whose idea was it to hide in the wardrobe?

a)      Susan’s

b)      Peter’s

c)      Edmund’s

d)      Lucy’s


13)  When the children hide in the wardrobe, Peter remembers…

a)      he has promised the Professor to never enter the room again.

b)      he has agreed to keep Lucy away from the wardrobe.

c)      to always leave a wardrobe door open.

d)      to return for food.


14)  Based on what you’ve read so far, Mrs. Macready seems to be what?

a)      very loving and fond of children

b)      very cold and mean spirited

c)      very considerate and patient

d)      a poor housekeeper



15)  Why do you think the author keeps repeating that one should never, never hide inside a wardrobe and close the door?

a)      You might mess up the clothing inside.

b)      You might freeze to death.

c)      The door might lock behind you.

d)      If the wardrobe is magical and you close the door, you won’t be able to find your way back.