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About the Study Guides:

At Jim Hodges Audio Books, we realized that there is great value in listening to an unabridged recording of great literature.  That’s why we record the G. A. Henty historical novels!

To a homeschooling family, the value of the books is clear – you learn accurate history, are exposed to incredible vocabulary, travel to virtually every continent, and have outstanding role models of godly young men and women.

But one thing is missing when you listen to an audiobook.  Documentation!

So to provide some documentation of what was learned while listening to a Henty audiobook, we created Study Guides for virtually every recording we’ve got done.

Each chapter in each book has its own assignment.  Each assignment includes a vocabulary list of words used in that chapter.  We present the words, not in alphabetical order, but in the order, you will hear them.  Instead of providing definitions, we thought you might want the listener to look each word up, or put them in alphabetical order, or write their own definitions based on what they think the word might mean (from context) and then look it up and see how they did.

Each vocabulary list is followed up with questions related to the content of the chapter.  Our goal is to ask at least one question in each of the following categories:  History, Geography, Language, and Character.

After the questions, we provide suggestions for Activities the listener might do that will reinforce the information in that chapter.

We’ve included a sample below so you can check out a sample.  It is the actual assignment for Chapter 1 of The Dragon and The Raven.  Take a look!

The Dragon and The Raven Study Guide
Chapter 1

Vocabulary Words – Write a short definition of the following words:  (The words are arranged in the order they appear in the chapter rather than alphabetically)

hummock
herbage
girded
fen (fenland)
abode
osier
coracle
withies
indolent
espoused
abbot
thane
prelates
vestments
retinue
serfs
guerdon
amalgamated

Chapter 1 Questions

  1. Describe the topography of Edmund’s home.
  1. What type of fowl and vegetation can be found in the area?
  1. Edmund states that when his father and Egbert return they will be sharp-set.  That is not a phrase we use often, if at all.  What does it mean?
  1. How does Edmund describe the Danes?
  1. When the Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain in the AD 400’s, they eventually established seven kingdoms.  Name those kingdoms.
  1. What strange and novel doctrine does Edmund’s father believe is best?
  1. Have you ever heard of a doctrine similar to the one Edmund’s father believes in? Explain.

Activities

1.  Compare and contrast the Danes and the Saxons.  A Venn Diagram might be helpful.

2.  Make a family tree showing the rulers mentioned in chapter one.  Begin with Ethelwulf.

3.  Begin a timeline of events.  You will continue this activity throughout the entire book.

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Jim