Little Pilgrim's Progress Adventure Guide

Little Pilgrim's Progress Adventure Guide

by Deanna Conrad

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The Adventure Guide is designed to help parents, teachers, and students discover and analyze biblical themes and literature concepts while reading Little Pilgrim's Progress. Partnering with the Adventure Guide will make reading this incredible allegory an unforgettable event for your child or student.

The guide breaks the novel down into 2 parts, Christian's journey and Christiana's journey. Each journey is separated into four reading sections. These reading sections include vocabulary, questions, allegorical interpretations, literature elements, Bible application, character charts, and character matching.

A Parent/Teacher Helps section is also included, offering detailed suggestions regarding story charts, a mapping bulletin board that can also be used as a game, and several art and literature extensions.

Oftentimes literature activities become busy work that detracts from the story. But the Adventure Guide activities and story extensions are meaningful and encourage further examination of story characters, themes, and symbolism. A brief biography of John Bunyan is also included to aide in discussion about the original classic, Pilgrim's Progress.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802406323
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 1,039,923
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

My name is DEANNA CONRAD. I have been married for 17 years to my husband Ryan and we have five energetic boys age¿s twelve to four. We have been a homeschooling family since our first son started kindergarten in 2005. We are also very involved in our church, homeschool coop, and various other community groups. We live in Bloomington, Indiana, which is also where I studied both education and special education at Indiana University. When I am not teaching the boys, a coop class, or at the local community college, I enjoy family events, friends, running, and camping.

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Little Pilgrim's Progress

By Deanna Conrad

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Deanna Conrad
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-0632-3

Chapter One

Guide I

Exploring Chapters 1–10


Look up each of the words below in your dictionary. Write down the definition of each in the space provided. Be prepared to use them as you journey through these chapters.

Slough _________________________________________________

Obstinate ______________________________________________

Pliable ________________________________________________

Despond ________________________________________________

Symbol _________________________________________________


Have your Bible handy to help you answer some of the questions below.

1. What is the name of the city that Christian lives in, and why does he want to leave to travel to the Celestial City? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

2. Who encourages Christian to make the journey? ________________________________________________________________

3. What are the problems Christian feels prevent him from traveling to the Celestial City? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

4. Evangelist gives Christian a message written in beautiful gold writing.

a. What is the message? Who is it from? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

b. The message comes from Proverbs 8:17. Read the verse in your Bible and write down what the verse means to you. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

5. How do Obstinate and Pliable react to Christian's decision to go to the King's City? ________________________________________________________________

6. Describe the first danger Christian and Pliable encounter and their different reactions to this discouragement. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

7. What happened to Christian's mother? Where does he hope to see her again? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

8. Summarize Mr. Worldly's message to Christian in chapter 6. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

9. In chapter 7, Christian feels "ashamed and miserable" for having taken the "wrong path." Christian is concerned that he will be turned away when he reaches the Wicket-gate. Evangelist comforts Christian, telling him the King never turns away a pilgrim at the gate. "You have only to knock, and He will open the gate for you at once.

Read Matthew 7:7–8: "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."

What is promised to an individual who asks? ________________________________________________________________

To an individual who seeks? ________________________________________________________________

To an individual who knocks? ________________________________________________________________

10. Why does the Wicked Prince command his soldiers to shoot arrows at those knocking at the Wicket-gate? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

11. Now that Christian is through the gate, he is officially the King's pilgrim.

a. What is the name of the path he must travel on? ________________________________________________________________

b. How does Christian distinguish this path from any other? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

12. Compare and contrast the two children, Patience and Passion from chapter 10. Show how they are the same and how they are different. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

13. Interpreter takes Christian outside to a place where they can see one of the King's palaces not far off.

a. Describe what Christian observes and learns from this scene. ________________________________________________________________

b. Look up Revelation 21:27 in your Bible. What is the book called in this scene? ________________________________________________________________

What Does It Mean?

List any allegorical ideas, characters, places, or things from chapters 1–10. Check out the examples below!


Celestial City Heaven
Wicked Prince Satan

Literature Elements

Literature can be better understood by knowing the five story elements that every story contains.

Setting: The time and location in which the story takes place.

Characters: Who is in the story. The characters can be people, animals, or anything that has a personality.

Plot: The main events of a story including the main problem or conflict.

Climax: Often referred to as the high point of the story. The climax of a story is the moment the reader knows who wins the conflict/ problem.

Resolution: Now that the reader knows the climactic outcome of the conflict, the resolution tells us what happens to the characters after the problem has been solved.

14. Consider the first ten chapters of Little Pilgrim's Progress and describe the setting of the story. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

15. Christian often refers to a "Book" in the story. What does the Book represent? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

16. A metaphor is a literary tool in which a term or phrase is applied to something it is not but that it represents.

Read Psalm 119:105: "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

a. How is this verse a metaphor? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

b. What does this verse mean to you? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

Bible Application

17. Christian is carrying a burden that makes his journey difficult. He describes his burden to Christiana, telling her it is the reason he must leave because only the King can remove it. Keep these two Bible readings in mind as you answer the questions.

Read Ezekiel 33:10b: "Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?"

Read Psalm 38:4, 17–18: "My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear .. For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me. I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin."

a. What does Christian's burden represent? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

b. Where and by whom is Christian going to be freed of his burden? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

18. Christian admires the picture of the Shepherd that the Interpreter shows him. In your own Bible, read Isaiah 40:11; John 10:11–15; and Hebrews 13:20.

a. According to the Interpreter and the above verses, who is the Good Shepherd? Who are the sheep/lambs? ________________________________________________________________

b. How is the picture going to be an encouragement to Christian? ________________________________________________________________

Character Chart

List names of characters from chapters 1–10 under the proper heading.

Characters who have a Characters who have a
positive influence on negative influence on
Christian's pilgrimage Christian's pilgrimage

Character Matching

Match the following characters from chapters 1–10 to their descriptions.


Chapter Two

Guide 2

Exploring Chapters 11–22


Look up each of the words below in your dictionary. Write down the definition of each in the space provided. Be prepared to use them as you journey through these chapters.

Sloth __________________________________________________

Presumption ____________________________________________

Formal _________________________________________________

Hypocrisy ______________________________________________

Timid __________________________________________________

Discretion _____________________________________________

Piety __________________________________________________

Prudence _______________________________________________

Charity ________________________________________________

Faithful _______________________________________________

Idleness _______________________________________________


1. Describe Christian's arrival at the cross. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

2. After Christian's burden is removed, he is visited by three servants of the King called Shining Ones. Name the three gifts they give Christian. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

3. In chapter 12, what lesson do you learn about idleness from Presumption, Sloth, and Simple? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

4. Formalist and Hypocrisy confidently believe they do not need to enter through the gate. Where are Formalist and Hypocrisy from? Why is it important to enter through the gate and not create shortcuts? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

5. What do Formalist and Hypocrisy find to be the results of creating their own path around the Hill of Difficulty? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

6. How does Christian's idleness affect his journey in chapters 14–15 and how is Watchful able to help him? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

7. Christian spends three days at the Palace Beautiful. While there, he receives several pieces of armor from Discretion and her three daughters. Identify each piece. Who is the true giver of the armor? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

8. Before leaving the Palace Beautiful, Watchful provides Christian with some pleasing news. Explain. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

9. In chapters 19–20 Christian faces a fierce enemy. Who is this enemy and how is he described? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

10. There are two parts of the battle Christian fights with Self. The first phase is the battle of the mind.

a. How does Self try to defeat Christian's mind? ________________________________________________________________

b. Have you ever felt attacked by guilt or discouragement? Describe. ________________________________________________________________

11. Christian defeats Self in the first phase of the battle with a very important truth. What is that truth? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

12. Chapter 20 finds Christian in the second phase of the battle, which is now physical. What does Christian use to physically defeat his enemy? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

13. The narrator states that she believes the Dark Valley to be the wor part of Christian's pilgrimage.

a. Describe how the Dark Valley is especially discouraging. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

b. What brings Christian comfort as he nears the end of the valley ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

c. Perhaps Christian was hearing the words of Psalm 23:4. Write it out below. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

14. Who does Christian finally catch up with on his journey? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

What Does It Mean?

List any allegorical ideas, characters, places, or things from chapters 11–22.


Literature Elements

15. Characters is one of the five story elements. Characters are the people, animals, or anything that takes on a personality in the story. Who are the main characters in Little Pilgrim's Progress? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

A main character may be the protagonist or antagonist:

Protagonist: The character or force in a story that wants something. This is the character usually identified as the "good guy." The reader often feels loyalty or allegiance toward the protagonist.

Antagonist: The character or force opposing the protagonist. The prefix ant is a variation of the prefix anti, which means against. The protagonist is identified as the "bad guy."

16. Who are the protagonist and antagonist of Little Pilgrim's Progress? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

17. Christian has one main antagonist throughout his journey, but he also must confront several other antagonists along the Way. Identify a few negative forces or characters working against Christian in your reading of chapters 11–22.

Read Ephesians 6:10–13. According to these verses, who and what are your antagonists? ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

Bible Application

18. In chapter 12, Presumption tells Christian, "Go on your journey and don't meddle with other people."

a. Define meddle: ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

Think about the following verses from the Bible. Read Matthew 28:18–20: "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"

1 Thessalonians 5:14: "And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone."

b. Using these verses, explain what you think the Bible says about "meddling" with others. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

19. Entering specifically through the Wicket-gate is again highlighted in chapter 13. Thinking allegorically, read the following verses about the gate:

Matthew 7:13–14: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."

John 10:7, 9a: "Therefore Jesus said again, 'I tell you the truth, I am the gate for, the sheep' ... 'I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.'"

Acts 4:12: "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

The emphasis of the Wicket-gate is symbolic of the verses above. Explain. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

20. Read 1 Peter 5:8–9a: "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith."

Romans 13:1b: "For there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God."


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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


 Life of John Bunyan

 Christian’s Journey

 Exploring Chapters 1-10

 Exploring Chapters 11-22

 Exploring Chapters 23-36

 Exploring Chapters 37-49

 Christiana’s Journey

 Exploring Chapters 50-72

 Exploring Chapters 73-93

 Exploring Chapters 50-72

 The Guides Coaching

 Answer Key

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