An exciting new tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga. This collectible hardcover volume includes a short story by Mr. Pullman, plus a fold-out map of Oxford and various "souvenirs" from the past. The book is illustrated throughout with woodcut illustrations by John Lawrence.
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Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Have you ever seen a pine-marten? They're wild creatures. Look at the one below and ask yourself, "Why does Lyra have a pine-marten with her?" (This annotation contains an image)
What is being compared in this simile?
Phillip Pullman, the author of the His Dark Materials series, first described daemons in the book The Golden Compass. The word does not appear in the dictionary because he made it up. When you encounter a word that is not in the dictionary, you have to use context clues to determine the meaning. See below for more details about context clues. (This annotation contains a video)
Who is Lyra talking to?
To help readers imagine what is happening, authors will often use comparisons like this simile. Watch the video below to learn more about similes. (This annotation contains a video)
How is Ragi different from Pan?
Instead of just telling you what to think about a character, authors will often show you a character's actions, thoughts, and speech. Then it is up to you to decide what to think about a character. What do you think about Lyra, based on how she treats Ragi?
What do the images on the previous pages have to do with the story so far?
Is this the same person Ragi is looking for?
Who is Miss Greenwood referring to?
Pan is Lyra's daemon. Still not sure what a daemon is? Watch this video clip from The Golden Compass to see Hollywood's interpretation. (This annotation contains a video)
Look up the word "suspicious" using Curriculet's dictionary function. Which of the following definitions of suspicious best fits how it is used here?
Because Lyra and Pan don't trust the daemon, they know he has not told them the entire truth.
Why are the birds attacking the daemon, according to Ragi?
Pay special attention to the following pages.
What is the connection between the Eagle Ironworks and Randolph Lucy?
Because of such words as "leapt" and "urgently," we can guess that something is wrong with what Pan saw. This story is told in third-person limited point of view. Not sure how point of view works? See this video below for help. (This annotation contains a video)
Which point of view is evident in the highlighted text? How can you tell?
Why do you think the author chose to use swans here? (This annotation contains an image)
Look up the word "sulfurous" in the dictionary. Based on the definition, what must be burning in the furnace?
Think back. Did Lyra leave a trail that could be followed?
Why does Mr. Makepeace pretend to turn lead into gold?
Even a simple word like city can have many meanings, depending on the context.