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Comprehension Questions – The Dark is Rising #1 Over Sea, Under Stone

Over Sea, Under Stone

By Susan Cooper

Grades 6-Eight; Genre – Fiction; GRL X

Barney, Simon and
Jane find themselves beset by lethal dangers as they embark on an excellent quest.
Having found a crumbling parchment map, they begin their seek for historic
treasure linked to King Arthur. Extra valuable than life itself, the treasure,
found by the best individuals, would assist maintain at bay the traditional forces of evil
that have been once again powerful on the earth. They turn for help to their Nice-Uncle
Merry, who attracts on his huge information of historic lore to protect them.

Vocabulary

Writing Prompts

Comprehension Questions

Chapter 1

Record the
characters and describe the setting of this story. Barney, Jane, Mother, Father, Great-Uncle Merry, Simon, Rufus the canine;
setting: practice station, then a metropolis referred to as Cornwall p.1

Describe
Nice-Uncle Merry. Not likely their
mother’s uncle, however an previous good friend her father’s, tall and straight, thick wild
white hair; deep set eyes, brown nose curved like a bow, no one knew how previous he
was, there was something historic about him p.3

Listing
Barney’s passion and Simon’s ardour. King
Arthur; boats p.four;5

What is so mysterious concerning the yacht? Great-Uncle Merry seemed upset by it; Young Invoice wouldn’t speak about
the supplies he had gathered for it and was actually upset after operating into
Jane; the previous fisherman referred to as Young Invoice evil; the yacht appeared and
disappeared silently and unusually p.6

Chapter 2

What did the youngsters do for leisure while caught
inside through the rain? Pretended they
have been explorers and explored the home p.14

Describe the journey the youngsters pretended they went on. They have been explorers in a jungle and made
positive to take food for a picnic. They worked their means by means of each space of the
house, then pretended they heard the natives coming after them.

What did they discover that was curious while on their
adventure? A door behind the wardrobe
p.19

Chapter 3

Sketch an image of the scroll Barney discovered when looking
for his thrown apple core. Brownish parchment
springy as steel, cracks by means of it, one other sheet stuck down in it that was
darker and older, coated with small writing in strange squashed-looking darkish
brown letters. Under the writing was singed p.23

Why did Jane and Barney anticipate Simon to know the
manuscript? They thought it was written
in Latin and Simon has been taking Latin at college. 25

Who did Barney assume the scroll was written about? King Arthur and his King Mark p.26

Why didn’t the youngsters need to tell their mother and father concerning the
manuscript? They feared their mother and father
would make them put it back the place they found it p.26

Who came around the Drew’s during their supper and why? Individuals from the yacht at sea; they invited
to spend the day on the yacht out at sea p.29

Chapter 4

On web page 36, the writer used a word to explain how Jane felt
concerning the Withers. What is it and what does it mean? Sinister- evil o productive of evil p.36

What did Jane discover when coming down the steps for lunch? A small e-book within the treasure chest p.38

What was her discovery of the guide? It had the identify King Mark Head which was just like the identify on the map
on the manuscript p.39

Describe what a vicarage is and what this one seemed like. Residence of the vicar or clergy of a village; Scruffy
home with uncared for overgrown crops; grass as excessive as hay; weeds in the
gravel of the drive; inside was not taken care of and worn p.41

Chapter 5

What did Simon discover the morning after Jane visited the
vicar? Their house had been damaged into
and books from all the essential flooring had been gone by means of and thrown on the
flooring p.48

What do the youngsters assume the burglars have been after? The manuscript with the map p.53

Who do you assume broke into the home? the Withers or Mr. Hastings the vicar p.54

Who do the youngsters really feel they will tell concerning the manuscript?
Nice-Uncle Merry p.55

Chapter 6

What was Nice-Uncle Merry’s response after seeing the
manuscript? Completely satisfied and Relieved p.58

Explain the battle the youngsters put themselves in the center
of by discovering the manuscript. Between
King Arthur and the evil ones from the world long ago; people who find themselves making an attempt to
keep in mind the world at the time of King Arthur; good and evil that also lives
on and is looking for the grail p.60

What do you assume over sea and beneath stone mean?  Pay attention
to your youngster’s concepts p.62

What was Nice-Uncle Merry doing while the youngsters have been in the house finding the manuscript? Leading the enemies on a detour and distracting them p.65

Why can’t the youngsters or their great-uncle go tell the
police concerning the Withers? They wouldn’t
consider them p.69

Chapter 7

Why would the white yacht, named the Woman Mary, be following
the youngsters’s dad and uncle out to sea? The
Withers have been on it they usually have been following Great-Uncle Merry to see if he’s
cause them to one thing concerning the manuscript p.72

Who did the youngsters see as they have been sitting on the grass
halfway up the Kemare Head? Mrs. Withers
and Bill p.74

Where was the clue the youngsters have been in search of as the sun
was setting? On a large rock on the
reverse headland on Kemare Head p.79

Who was the man Bill saw and spoke to whereas looking for
Simon? Mr. Hastings p.84

How did Simon get away from Invoice and the person? Nice-Uncle Merry got here driving up, Simon obtained
within the automotive and drove away p.86

Chapter Eight

What sort of figurative language did the writer use on web page
89 in the phrase, “He would have given his ears to be the hero of the chase.”? An idiom p.89

What did Jane understand the blodge mark was on the map? The moon p.92

When the youngsters’s mother and father left for the night time, what did that
mean the youngsters might do? To go wander
out at night time to see if the clue labored with the moon p.95

What did Simon and Jane discover using the moon as a guide? That the rocks on the top of the headland is
the place the grail is buried p.100

What was the menace on the hill that night time? There were individuals there making an attempt to get to
Jane and Simon p.103

Chapter 9

What is your conclusion about Mrs. Palk sneaking around
Barney’s room? That she was on the lookout for
the map p.107

Why didn’t Barney need to speak concerning the grail or map around
Mrs. Palk? He was suspicious of her being
part of the evil p.108

Where did Mrs. Palk tell Gumerry where the youngsters went? To St. Austell    Why? To eliminate Gumerry so the evil ones might get to the youngsters p.112

Chapter 10

Why have been the rocks at the end of the headland referred to as the Gravestones? The youngsters figured the Knight Bedwin was buried there as well as the grail p.115

What did Rufus discover? An space to dig within the ground next to a rock; the youngsters found a big gap in the ground beneath that area p.119

What might Jane hear within the gaping gap? The sea p.122

What was Simon’s conclusion as he realized the Withers hadn’t seen a cave while scoping out the world? The cave could be underneath water p.124

Chapter 11

Explain the connection between Invoice and Mrs. Palk. She is Bill’s auntie p.130

How had the youngsters missed seeing Barney as he got here down the hill? The procession was in the best way and the other youngsters have been on a stone wall at the corner of the entrance quay as an alternative of being in inside quay p.131

Chapter 12

What happened to Barney when he couldn’t find Simon and Jane? He was kidnapped p.136

Who had kidnapped Barney and where did they take him? The Withers; to an enormous abandoned wanting home p.138

Describe the interaction between Barney and Mr. Hastings. Mr. Hastings requested Barney the place the grail was hiding and Barney stated he didn’t know what he was speaking about. Mr. Hastings was shocked when Barney asked for an additional sandwich and excused Mr. Withers.  Mr. Hastings tried to convince Barney that he wasn’t dangerous, however that Gumerry was dangerous as an alternative and hoping to get information about the grail p.142

What did Barney say in his conversation with Mr. Hastings? He questioned him and stated that Gumerry was doing it in the identify of King Arthur and the previous world earlier than the dark came p.147

Chapter 13

Why did Barney loosen up and heed his new master, Mr. Hastings? Mr. Hastings hypnotized him p.150

What snapped him out of his trance? Rufus’ howl p.151

How did the youngsters get away from the lads chasing them? They hid in a subject p.154

Why have been the youngsters nervous once they heard the owl hooting? Jane realized it was the enemy and not an owl they usually feared the enemy had seen them p.160

What did the youngsters do to take additional precautions at the cave? Tie fishing line round Barney; had matches to mild; found out alerts to communicate to each other p.165

Chapter 14

Choose a word that describes Barney as he’s discovering his means by way of the cave. Brave, brave, determined, P.168

What did Barney discover within the cavern with the natural cupboard? The grail p.173

Sketch the grail and describe it. P.173

Summarize what Jane skilled while ready outdoors for her brothers while they have been in the cave. She felt a big quantity of duty holding the manuscript; anxious and apprehensive as she let the string out; nervous concerning the enemies; apprehensive concerning the tide p.176

What did the boys discover with the grail? One other manuscript p. 178

Summarize the battle in the final chapter. The youngsters have been beginning to head back to the seashore and noticed the yacht. As they hurried, they noticed one other dinghy at the shore blocking them off. They have been intercepted by the two enemy teams. Mr. Hastings and Mr. Withers have been on the rocks with the youngsters and Barney threatened to throw both artifacts into the water. Gumerry got here to their rescue in a velocity boat with Mr. Penhallow driving. Simon grabbed the artifacts and tried to throw them to Gumerry. Gumerry caught the Grail, however an oar intercepted the telescope case and broke it, sending its contents into the sea. The youngsters all acquired into the boat and the enemies retreated and left the bay p.179

Epilogue

Who do the youngsters assume Nice-Uncle Merry is? Merlin p.193

Comprehension Questions without Solutions

Chapter 1

Listing the
characters and describe the setting of this story.

Describe
Nice-Uncle Merry.

Record
Barney’s passion and Simon’s ardour.

What is so mysterious concerning the yacht?

Chapter 2

What did the youngsters do for leisure whereas caught
inside through the rain?

Describe the adventure the youngsters pretended they went on.

What did they discover that was curious whereas on their adventure?

Chapter 3

Sketch a picture of the scroll Barney found when looking
for his thrown apple core.

Why did Jane and Barney anticipate Simon to know the
manuscript?

Who did Barney assume the scroll was written about?

Why didn’t the youngsters need to inform their mother and father concerning the
manuscript?

Who came around the Drew’s throughout their supper and why?

Chapter four

On page 36, the writer used a phrase to explain how Jane felt
concerning the Withers. What is it and what does it imply?

What did Jane discover when coming down the stairs for lunch?

What was her discovery of the guide?

Describe what a vicarage is and what this one appeared like.

Chapter 5

What did Simon discover the morning after Jane visited the
vicar?

What do the youngsters assume the burglars have been after?

Who do you assume broke into the home?

Who do the youngsters feel they will tell concerning the manuscript?

Chapter 6

What was Nice-Uncle Merry’s response after seeing the
manuscript?

Clarify the battle the youngsters put themselves within the middle
of by discovering the manuscript.

What do you assume over sea and beneath stone mean?

What was Great-Uncle Merry doing while the youngsters have been in
the home discovering the manuscript?

Why can’t the youngsters or their great-uncle go tell the
police concerning the Withers?

Chapter 7

Why would the white yacht, named the Woman Mary, be following
the youngsters’s dad and uncle out to sea?

Who did the youngsters see as they have been sitting on the grass
halfway up the Kemare Head?

The place was the clue the youngsters have been on the lookout for because the sun
was setting?

Who was the man Invoice saw and spoke to while trying to find
Simon?

How did Simon get away from Invoice and the man?

Chapter Eight

What sort of figurative language did the writer use on web page
89 within the phrase, “He would have given his ears to be the hero of the chase.”?

What did Jane understand the blodge mark was on the map?

When the youngsters’s mother and father left for the night time, what did that
imply the youngsters might do?

What did Simon and Jane discover utilizing the moon as a guide?

What was the menace on the hill that night time?

Chapter 9

What is your conclusion about Mrs. Palk sneaking round
Barney’s room?

Why didn’t Barney need to speak concerning the grail or map round
Mrs. Palk?

Where did Mrs. Palk tell Gumerry where the youngsters went?         Why?

Chapter 10

Why have been the rocks at the end of the headland referred to as the Gravestones?

What did Rufus discover?

What might Jane hear within the gaping hole?

What was Simon’s conclusion as he realized the Withers hadn’t
seen a cave while scoping out the world?

Chapter 11

Explain the connection between Bill and Mrs. Palk.

How had the youngsters missed seeing Barney as he got here down
the hill?

Chapter 12

What happened to Barney when he couldn’t find Simon and
Jane?

Who had kidnapped Barney and the place did they take him?

Describe the interaction between Barney and Mr. Hastings.

What did Barney say in his conversation with Mr. Hastings?

Chapter 13

Why did Barney loosen up and heed his new grasp, Mr. Hastings?

What snapped him out of his trance?

How did the youngsters get away from the lads chasing them?

Why have been the youngsters nervous once they heard the owl
hooting?

What did the youngsters do to take additional precautions on the
cave?

Chapter 14

Choose a word that describes Barney as he’s finding his means
by way of the cave.

What did Barney discover in the cavern with the natural cupboard?

Sketch the grail and describe it.

Summarize what Jane experienced while ready outdoors for
her brothers whereas they have been in the cave.

What did the boys discover with the grail?

Summarize the battle in the last chapter.

Epilogue

Who do the youngsters assume Nice-Uncle Merry is?