About the Author
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist best known for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Black Arrow. He was born in Edenborough Scotland to a family of lighthouse engineers and expected to join their profession. He was interested in writing even as a child and later chose to make his living as a writer instead. He studied law and passed the bar but never practiced. He suffered from lung problems for most of his life, which made his desire to travel difficult and problematic. Still, he traveled to France, the United States, and the South Seas, eventually settling on the island of Samoa. He wrote his most famous novels in a span of only three years. Stevenson died from a cerebral hemorrhage in his home in Samoa at age forty-four.
A young boy joins a ship as a cabin boy on an adventure to find buried treasure. They encounter pirates who attempt to overthrow the officers of the ship in a mutiny.
Questions for Treasure Island
Why do you think Jim joins the ship’s crew?
Is Long John Silver a father figure to Jim? Why or why not?
What character surprised you the most?
Did the story end the way you expected? In what ways did it differ?
What do you imagine happened to Long John Silver?
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