Take a look at the cover of Robinson Crusoe. (If your copy of the book has no cover art, take a look at this one.) Based only on the cover art, predict what you think this book will be about? Have you heard much about it from watching television or movies? What do you already know about this book? What do you think you know, but you’re not one hundred percent sure of? What questions do you still have about this book?
In journal writing prompt #4, you predicted how the book, Robinson Crusoe, might end. How close was your prediction? Compare and contrast your response for journal writing prompt #4 to the actual ending of the book. What were you right about? What were you wrong about?
Also, now that you’ve finished the book, what do you think of the title? What might have been a better title for this book? Create a title that you think fits the story, then explain how that title might be better than the book’s original title, Robinson Crusoe.
Will Robinson Crusoe ever treat Friday as an equal? Will they ever get off this island? Make your prediction. Summarize the way you think this book should end. Then describe how you think the book really will end, and explain why/how it’s different from the ending you came up with. In your best estimate, does your version make Crusoe a more dynamic character? A more honorable character? How? Why?
Describe the island where Robinson Crusoe lives. How has Crusoe made it more accommodating? What has he learned? What has he built? How is he able to live, to feed himself, to keep track of time?
If you were living under the same rudimentary circumstances, what would you miss most about our modern lifestyle? Besides the loneliness, what would you find most difficult about living on the island, if you were in Crusoe’s shoes?
Did you know that Daniel Defoe, who wrote Robinson Crusoe, was a Puritan? His religious beliefs profoundly shaped his writing. Use a quote or two from the book to demonstrate the Puritanical influence on Defoe’s story. Explain why you think that quite is Puritanical in nature. Then write two or three sentences describing how this book would be different, if Crusoe had been an atheist.