The Cay

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“Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand–until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed. When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother’s warning about black people: “They are different, and they live differently.” But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip’s head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy.”

Book description from Random House Kids


You can access 211 questions about The Cay in Castle Learning.



Breakdown of topical questions:

  • Chapter 1-2: Intro; Leaving on the SS Hato
  • Chapter 3-6: On the raft; being blind
  • Chapter 7-9: On the island; Phillip changes
  • Chapter 10-14: Surviving on the island, helping each other
  • Chapter 15: End of novel; Timothy’s death, Philip survives alone

Common Core Standards addressed by questions about The Cay:

  • R. 6.5
  • RL. 6.1
  • RL. 6.3
  • RL. 6.4
  • RL. 6.5