Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift



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Gulliver’s Travels

by Jonathan Swift

Chapter 1

Shipwrecked
*Read Chapter 1 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the questions below in sentences in your language jotter.




  1. Which date did Gulliver first travel?

  2. What was the name of his ship?

  3. What happened to his ship?

  4. What happened to Gulliver when he awoke on land?

  5. What was crawling up his leg?

  6. What happened to him after he screamed?

  7. What was Gulliver fed?

  8. What made him sleep again?

  9. When he woke where did he find himself next?

  10. How many little people were staring at him?

  11. Who was the man with the gold helmet?

  12. Where did the little people leave Gulliver?

Follow up task

*Research who Jonathan Swift is and write a paragraph about his life and write down a few of the titles of other books he has written.

Chapter 2

The Land of Lilliput
*Read Chapter 2 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the following questions in sentences in your language jotter.




  1. What was the Name of the island Gulliver had been washed up on to?

  2. What did the children and young people do on Gulliver?

  3. What was the name of the King’s Admiral and what did he make Gulliver promise ?

  4. How many of the little people could they feed with the food they fed Gulliver in one sitting?

  5. How did Gulliver compare in size to the little people?

  6. What were the little people called?

  7. What was different about how the Lilliputian’s children lived?

  8. What were the boys taught and what were the girls taught?

  9. Why were all the good jobs at court given to people who wore low heels?

  10. Why did the Prince always fall over?

  11. What was the next door island to Lilliput?

  12. Why were they at war?

  13. Why were the Lilliputians worried about their neighbours?

  14. What did Gulliver offer to do?

Follow up Task

*Research what some of the Front covers of Gulliver’s Travels Books have looked like. Print a few and stick them in your jotter.

Discuss with a partner the designs

Now design your own front cover for Gulliver’s Travels.

Chapter 3

War and Treachery
*Read Chapter 3 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the following questions in sentences in your language jotter.





  1. How far away was the island of Blefuscu from Lilliput?

2. How long did it take Gulliver to swim across the channel and what did the Blefuscans do when they saw him?

  1. What did the Blefuscans do to him?

  2. What happened when Gulliver started to swim back?

  3. What did Gulliver shout as he arrived back on Lilliput?

  4. What did the King make Gulliver and what did it mean?

  5. What did the King of Lilliput want him to do?

  6. How did Gulliver react to this?

  7. What word was Gulliver awoken with one night and what did it mean?

  8. What did Gulliver find had happened at the palace?

  9. What did Gulliver do to help put out the fire?

  10. Why was the Queen furious?

  11. Who did Gulliver make friends with after that?

  12. How were the Lilliputians going to kill him?

  13. How did Gulliver feel about all of this?

  14. What did Gulliver do next?

  15. After a few days in Blefuscu, what did Gulliver spot off the north-east coast?

  16. What did Gulliver use to patch up the boat?

  17. What date did he set sail from Blefuscu and what did he see after a few days sailing?

  18. How did he prove to Mr. Biddle that his experience of Lilliput and Blefuscu were real?

  19. Which date did he reach home?

  20. How did Gulliver make money?

  21. What was the name of the next ship that Gulliver was going on adventures in?

Chapter 4

A Giant Adventure

*Read Chapter 4 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the following questions in sentences in your language jotter.





  1. When did ‘The Adventure’ set sail and what happened as they reached

the Straits of Madagascar?

  1. What happened in June, 1703?

  2. What were the sailors desperate to find?

  3. What happened as Gulliver looked out to sea? What did he see?

  4. How did Gulliver react? Where did he hide?

  5. Who appeared at the field?

  6. What made Gulliver scream?

  7. What did the giant do to Gulliver?

  8. Who did the giant show Gulliver to?

  9. Where did the farmer take Gulliver and whom did he show him to?

  10. What did they feed him?

  11. What does the writer compare the farmer’s pets to?

  12. What happened to Gulliver in the middle of the night?

  13. What did Gulliver use to fight with?

  14. What did Gulliver call the farmer’s wife and what did the name mean?

  15. Who taught Gulliver to speak in their language?

  16. How was the farmer going to make money from Gulliver and what did Gulliver have to do?

Chapter 5

The Kingdom of Brobdingnag
*Read Chapter 5 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the following questions in sentences in your language jotter.





  1. Who bought Gulliver from the farmer and who was allowed to stay with him?

  2. What did the King have made for Gulliver to live in?

  3. What made Gulliver angry?

  4. Who was jealous of Gulliver and what did he do to Gulliver?

  5. What happened to Gulliver and who rescued him?

  6. What happened to the Page?

  7. What does Gulliver compare the size of flies to?

  8. How does Gulliver describe the noise of the Giant Wasps?

  9. What happened in Gulliver’s worst adventure and who at the cause of it?

  10. Where did the monkey dump Gulliver?

  11. Who rescued Gulliver?

  12. What did Gulliver do that the whole palace laughed at?

Followup Task

*Draw a design of what you think Gulliver’s Box, that he lives in, would look like.

Chapter 6

The Wisdom of the King
*Read Chapter 6 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the following questions in sentences in your language jotter.




  1. What did Gulliver make from the Queen’s hair and the King’s beard?

  2. What things did Gulliver tell the King about his home country?

  3. Why is there no need for lawyers or politicians in Brobdingnag?

  4. What did Gulliver tell the King that made him so filled with horror?

  5. What was the King’s feelings on lotteries and gambling?

  6. What did the King think of the little rulers of countries that Gulliver had told him of?

  7. How long was Gulliver in Brobdingnag when the King and Queen decided to visit the coast and how did Gulliver travel?

  8. What made Gulliver feel sad?

  9. What happened to Gulliver whilst he was sleeping?

  10. Who helped Gulliver next and why was he so surprised and nearly fainted?

  11. What did he show the crew to convince them his stories of giants in Brobdingnag were true?

  12. Did Gulliver enjoy being back in England?

Follow up task

*Imagine you find yourself in a land of giants. Write a paragraph, describing how you got there, what the people (characters) and the place (setting) is like. You could even finish your paragraph describing how you returned home!

Chapter 7

The Land of the Eggheads
*Read Chapter 7 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the following questions in sentences in your language jotter.




  1. What greatly convinced Gulliver to set sail again, ten days later, on the ship Hopewell?

  2. Which date did he set sail?

  3. After the crew were all ill, what bad thing happened next?

  4. What did the pirates do with Gulliver?

  5. What did Gulliver eat when he landed on an island?

  6. What did Gulliver see next and how did he get upon it?

  7. What were the odd men of that place called?

  8. What was peculiar about their necks?

  9. Why did the normal headed people have to keep hitting them with balloons?

  10. What was Gulliver given to eat?

  11. How was the flying island of Laputa powered?

  12. How did the King of Laputa ensure that they were given food from lands below?

Follow up Task

*Draw a detailed picture of what you think the floating island of Laputa looked like and draw some of the lope sided people on it.

Chapter 8

The College of Inventors
*Read Chapter 8 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the following questions in sentences in your language jotter.




  1. Where did Gulliver find himself next and what was the big problem there?

  2. What had the people done to help resolve this problem?

  3. Where was Gulliver desperate to visit?

  4. What had the first inventor that Gulliver met invented?

  5. What were a few of the silly inventions Gulliver came across?

  6. How did the girls and boys learn at the school of invention?

  7. How did the Law inventors think a problem should be resolved?

  8. How did the people of Glubbdubdrib live easy lives?

  9. Describe the horrid things that happen to the Struldbergs.

  10. What did the King of Luggnagg give Gulliver?

  11. When did Gulliver land back in England on the ship Amboyna?

Chapter 9

The Land of the Houyhnhnms
*Read Chapter 9 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the following questions in sentences in your language jotter.





  1. How many months had Gulliver been home before being offered another job on the Adventure?

  2. Where and when did he set sail?

  3. What did the crew men that Gulliver had taken on in Barbados turn out to be and what did they do to him?

  4. When did they release him and what was the first thing he saw on the island he arrived on?

  5. Why did all the animals run away?

  6. What was strange about the horses Gulliver met?

  7. Who did Gulliver meet at the house the horses took him to?

  8. What did hlunnh mean?

  9. What else did Gulliver eat?

  10. Who was the master of the house?

  11. What was different about this place from Gulliver’s home land?

Follow Up Task

*Scan through your book and note down all the places Gulliver travelled. Locate them on a world map and chart them in numbers (1,2 etc) in order of when he visited each place.

Chapter 10

The Final Adventure

*Read Chapter 10 in your reciprocal reading group and discuss.

*Answer the following questions in sentences in your language jotter.



  1. List a few differences between the Houyhnhnms and humans.

  2. What did Gulliver think of the Houyhnhnms?

  3. Why did his master ask him to leave the country?

  4. How did Gulliver feel to be leaving this place?

  5. What did his master and friends do to help him prepare for leaving?

  6. What happened to Gulliver when he arrived on an island?

  7. When a ship’s crew eventually found him, where was their captain going to take him?

  8. How did Gulliver feel about humans at this moment and why do you think he felt like that?

  9. Which date did he arrive back in England again?

  10. How well did Gulliver adapt to being back home?

  11. What was Gulliver going to spend a lot of time doing and where?

Follow Up Task



*Draw your favourite scene of Gulliver’s Travels. Provide lots of details and label parts of your drawing.



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