THE SWISS

AMILY ROBINSO

SYNOPSIS
The story is about the Robinson Family members
who are shipwrecked on an island in the early 19th
century. They are Mr and Mrs Robinson, their four
son, Fritz, Jack, Ernest and Franz, as well two dogs,
Turk and Juno. The were travelling to Australia to
serve as missionaries. They found themselves off
the coast of a mysterious island, where they decided
to take shelter.
The novel is mostly about a family’s struggle to
survive in an unfamiliar environment for about ten
years. Besides building a tree house for shelter, they
also find plants and animals to use for food, clothing
and their daily needs.

Later, the eldest son, Fritz, explores to the
other side of the island on a canoe. During his
exploration he finds a girl called Jenny
Montrose and brought her back to his family.
She was a young English woman who was
shipwrecked three years ago on that same
island.
A few days later, they were spotted by a
British ship. The captain invited all of them to
return to Europe with him. Fritz and Jenny
went to London, where they were married.
The other three sons, Ernest, Jack and Franz
continued their education in Europe, while Mr
and Mrs Robinson decided to stay on the

they looked for a place to live. made good use materials from the ship. they learn how to make the most what they had and came up with new ideas to make their life there better. . Throughout the years. After they landed on the island. the family had to figure out ways to survive.THEME * Survival After the shipwrecked. food to eat.

THEME * Teamwork The Robinsons work together to build themselves a new home and a new life after landing on the island. . Mr Robinson always thank God for the good things they had and taught his children to do so too. * Being Thankful The family was always thankful for what they had. Their teamwork led to a good life and they manage to fulfil their needs.

THEME Family support and love This was demonstrated repeatedly throughout the story. . They worked and lived as a united and happy family. They had a good relationship and love each other very much. Mr and Mrs Robinson kept saying how blessed they were to have such helpful and caring sons.

The house in the tree protected them during the rainy season and when they were chased by the cape buffaloes. .THEME Perseverence The Robinson worked hard to build themselves a new home. especially when building Falconhurst. They also worked hard to tend to their livestock and garden which provided them with food throughout the years on the island.

.THEME * Faith in God The family was on their way to Australia to become missionaries when they were shipwrecked. Their faith in religion and God help them to survive as they believed God would help them in whatever they do.

he chooses to remain on the island with his wife while his sons return to Europe. He also. wise and God-fearing. recognises many species of plants and animals. resourceful and knowledgeable. brave. He takes care of his family very well and manages to utilise what he finds in the shipwrecked and also around the island to build a home for his family. He is strong. At the end of the stories. . A loving husband and father of four sons.CHARACTERS * Mr Robinson He is a narrator of the story. He accepts his fate and makes the most of his situation. He is religious.

She is a loving mother and concern. she was worried that the rope ladder at the entrance was unsafe for the children. She also prepared the family meals. She was eventually proven right.CHARACTERS * Mrs Robinson A brave and hardworking woman. Falconhurst was built. When the family home. . She is always by her husband’s side and assists him in his ventures.

A skilled engineer and builder. .CHARACTERS * Fritz Robinson The eldest son of the Robinson family. He is his father’s right-hand man and a very responsible person. At the end of the story. and built a canoe by himself in order to achieve that purpose. He was determined to explore the island completely. He is brave and isn’t afraid of the unknown. he contributes greatly in the family’s effort to make the island their new home. he leaves the island to marry her in London. he meets and rescues Jenny Montrose. Eventually.

He is also brave and adventurous. which the family used for storage. . He discovered the cave of rock salt.CHARACTERS * Ernest Robinson The second son of the Robinson family. He often ventures out on his own to make important discoveries on the island.

CHARACTERS * Jack Robinson The third son. His character and personality isn’t developed widely in the story and he role is of his mother’s helper. He also alerted his family when the rain stopped. . When the family arrived on the island. he made fishing poles with his younger brother and used them to catch fish for their meal.

and make fishing poles with his older brother. Being the youngers his role in the story is very limited. He was chased by a lobster when they first arrived on the island. . He finds a beehive in the trunk of the tree in which the family home was built.CHARACTERS * Franz Robinson The youngers Robinson son. This discoveries let to the stairwell being built to replace the rope ladder.

. Sadly Juno is killed by the boa constrictor that also preyed on the Robinsons’ livestock.CHARACTERS * Turk and Juno The Robinsons’ pet dogs. They were initially the mascots of the ship on which the Robinson were travelling. Mr Robinson and his sons saved them from the shipwrecked and brought them to live on the island where they enjoy roaming around guarding the livestock.

.CHARACTERS * Jenny Montrose A young English girl. They fall in love and eventually got married in England. near a volcano. Fritz find the note and rescues her. She sent a note asking for help by attaching it to the leg of an albatross. She was shipwrecked while travelling from India to England to meet her grandfather and ended up on another part of the island.

. Through their cooperation.MORAL VALUES We must never give up in whatever we do The Robinson looked for away to save themselves and they were shipwrecked and found ways to survive on deserted island. they succeeded. Not once did they give up. * In order to live well. you must learn to cooperate with the people around you Look at how the Robinsons cooperate to build themselves a new home and a new life.

The Robinsons’ strong faith in God sustained throughwhat their happens difficulties. Even though the Robinsons were involved in a tragedy. it is important to accept what life has given you and make the most of it. *them No matter to you in life. they were thankful that they were alive and managed to built a new life by using what was available from the ship .MORAL VALUES * One must always seek God’s help in times of trouble and thank God for the good things He has given us. Mr Robinson always felt blessed for what he and his family had been given.

. They never gave up. They lived harmoniously together and each family member always acted for the benefit of the family. no matter where * Determination you are. You must love your family members always.MORAL VALUES * Family is very important Throughout the story. When you set your mind on a goal. determination will help you succeed. the Robinsons were always helping each other and were supportive of each other as a family.

. The Robinsons’ creativity and enabled them to think of ways to make the things they used to enjoy previously in their home country.MORAL VALUES * Be creative In times of need. For example. food they enjoy back in Switzerland. The flour was turned into bread. they made flour from roots instead of wheat. we need to be creative in order to survive or get ourselves out of trouble.

The crew abandoned the ship and left the Robinsons to save themselves. Luckily they managed to build a raft and rowed to the nearest island.PLOT * Exposition (Beginning) The Robinsons were on their way to Australia from Switzerland when they were shipwrecked. .

. They overcame difficulties and problems by working together.PLOT * Rising Action (Conflict) On the island. They had many adventures and the most frightening was the battle boa constrictor. they built a new life and manage to get by with items they saved from the ship and whatever they found on the island.

near the volcano. He went to look for the girl and found her on the different part of the island. . he found a message tied to the leg of an albatross. built a canoe. The message was from a shipwrecked girl. Jenny. in secret. back with him to his part of the island. He took her. On his first trial to test out the canoe.PLOT Climax ( The most exiting event) Fritz.

PLOT alling action ( What happened after the climax One day. . they send a signal to the ship. the Robinsons sighted a ship. The captain of the ship came to show to meet them and invited them to return to Europe with him. When they saw a Union Jack flying.

Fritz planned to marry Jenny in England.PLOT * Resolution At the end of the story. the Robinsons decided to go their own ways. The three younger brothers wanted to go to schools in Europe while the parents decided that they were happy to remain on the island. .

ACTIVITIES PRE. WHILE.POST ANSWERS .

QUESTIONS BANK .

QUESTIONS (LOTS) Write ‘T” for true and “F” for the statements. 4. 5. 1. A tiger prowls in the pen during the rain at night. Ernest finds a cave of rock salt on the island. Jack runs after Juno into the woods. . 2. A large lobster tries to attack Jenny on the island. 3. A manioc root can be used to make flour.

Matching questions • • • • •           • • • A. hung with coconuts too high for animals to reach D. by chasing on horseback or stratagem-run around them till they are tired E. won’t do anything he demands he can do it himself B. mixed poison with milk. jackals • • Why does father refuse to make goggles for Jack? (2 reasons) How long had Jenny been stranded on the island? How did the natives in Africa capture ostriches? What attacked the dogs during the night? How did the boys try to rid of the monkeys? . 3 years C.

demonstrating bravery and self-reliance. Ernest is the most intelligent. She is intelligent and resourceful.Matching questions • Characters and characteristics • William – The father. • Ernest – The second oldest of the boys. including sewing materials and seeds for food crops. he comes to be an excellent shot. he is 15. Like Fritz however. arming herself even before leaving the ship with a "magic bag" filled with supplies. Fritz is intelligent but impetuous. but a less physically active boy. He is the narrator of the story and leads the family. • Fritz – The oldest of the four boys. he is 13. often described by his father as "indolent". She is also a remarkably versatile cook. Fritz is the strongest and accompanies his father on many quests. taking on anything from Porcupine Soup to Roast Penguin. • Elizabeth – The mother. . He knows a great deal of information on everything from roots to hunting.

vivacious. and the quickest of the group. bold. He usually stays home with his mother. He is thoughtless. • Fangs – A jackal that was tamed by the family. The family use him as a test subject for unfamiliar foods. • Franz (sometimes translated as Francis) – The youngest of the boys. he is 8 years old when the story opens. • Emily Montrose (called Jenny in the original German text) – An English girl found on Smoking Rock near the end of the novel. . but soon is adopted into the family. • Nip (also called Knips or Nips in some editions) – An orphan monkey adopted by the family after their dogs have killed its mother. She is shy. 11 years old.• Jack – The third oldest of the boys.

HOTS • Based on the story. describe Mr. Robinson’s characteristics in six words. .

• Does the oldest son in the Swiss family Robinson get along with his siblings • Which character in the story that changed the most? • List four advantages of living on the island? • How did the father apply creativity in getting the oysters open? .

When the storm was over and each family member went to get what might be most useful for them to escape with. What was the one thing that brought comfort to the family during the storm? 4. What was the first thing the family did after reaching shore? 6.” How many days? 2. where did each family member head? Do you think this says something of what their characters might develop into later in the story? 5. “For many days we had been tempest-tossed. What convinced father that they were near the equator? . What scared Jack so badly in the tidal pool? 7. What were the names of the four sons in the family? 3.Chapter 1 • Questions:  1. The first sentence of the first chapter begins.

How did father use the monkeys to get coconuts? 4. What unusual bird did the family have for their dinner? 5. How did father and Fritz get the animals from the ship to the shore? . What did father and Fritz chose to bring back from the ship? 7. What was it? 6. Ernest brought something back from the shore. The second breakfast was much less sumptuous than the previous dinner. What did father insist on searching for any sailors that may have been washed ashore when those same sailors had abandoned them in the storm? 3.Chapter 2 • 1. What did the family have for breakfast the first day on the island? 2.

What uses were the porcupine and ocelot put to use? 10. How did father tame the flamingo? . but the one in the book is that father taught all of the boys at a very young age how to handle firearms.Chapter 3 • 1. Why do you think father gave the boys a reminder of safety precautions? [Answer: one possible answer is the cliché “familiarity breeds contempt” which means the boys were becoming comfortable in their new surroundings and that father wanted to remind them that they must still remember to be cautious at all times.] 3. What happened to the shark that was shot in chapter two? 6. How did the father and his sons determine if they had enough wood to build their bridge? 7. Explain how Jack made the dogs their collars. Describe the “wood” that mother and the boys investigated. 2. What was peculiar about these woods? 4. Why weren’t the dogs hungry and begging for food as they had been? 5. Why did mother allow the boys to carry guns on their expedition? [Note: some answers may vary based on personal opinion. What is a nomad and why did Ernest say that his family reminded him of one? 9.] 8.

Why did mother allow the boys to carry guns on their expedition? [Note: some answers may vary based on personal opinion.] 8. Chapter 4 2.] 3. Why weren’t the dogs hungry and begging for food as they had been? 5. What was peculiar about these woods? 4. How did the father and his sons determine if they had enough wood to build their bridge? 7. but the one in the book is that father taught all of the boys at a very young age how to handle firearms. Why do you think father gave the boys a reminder of safety precautions? [Answer: one possible answer is the cliché “familiarity breeds contempt” which means the boys were becoming comfortable in their new surroundings and that father wanted to remind them that they must still remember to be cautious at all times. What happened to the shark that was shot in chapter two? 6. Explain how Jack made the dogs their collars. What is a nomad and why did Ernest say that his family reminded him of one? . Describe the “wood” that mother and the boys investigated.• 1.