Out of the Silent Planet Study Guide

WHO should read Out of the Silent Planet, the first book of C. S. Lewis’ revered Space Trilogy?

  • Homeschool high schoolers who are learning to be thinkers!
  • Teens who want to wrestle with big ideas from culture, philosophy and theology!
  • Young people who enjoy a book that must be read with intellect and soul, and not for mindless entertainment!
  • Anyone who loves imagination – or who needs to LEARN to love imagination!

C. S. Lewis, author of the beloved Chronicles of Narnia, had four goals for this book:

1. He wanted to smuggle Christian theology into a good story.

2. He wanted to “baptize his readers’ imagination.”   In other words, he wanted to write such an out-of-the-box story that it helped each reader’s imagination to grow.

3. He wanted to fight modernistic philosophies and worldviews.

4. He wanted to show that God’s angelic realm is “more real” than our tangible world.

In Out of the Silent Planet, Lewis met his goals through an imaginative, thoughtful, science fiction-esque fantasy story about a humdrum British professor who is kidnapped and taken to Mars. Written in 1937 (long before space travel was a reality), Lewis tells the story of Professor Ransom’s struggles to survive in an alien world, struggles that lead to a beginning understanding of the living and true God. Ransom also discovers fallacies in modernistic thinking and learns ways to think in a creative, God-inspired manner. Important concepts are explored without the reader feeling “preached at.”

The study guide for high school students to use with C. S. Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet is learning that contains NO busywork – like all of our guides it offers important take-aways from each book.

In Vicki Tillman’s Out of the Silent Planet Study Guide for high school, homeschooling teens will gain experience in inferential skills and critical thinking. They will gain a deeper understanding of God and the way He works. They will become aware of the philosophical thinking that influences our western culture…AND they will learn lots about C.S. Lewis.

Our guides are easy to adapt for use at an:

  • Average High School
  • College Prep
  • Honors Level

The books of the Space Trilogy should be read in order (these must be purchased separately — CLICK our Amazon affiliate link here to purchase online — and audio recordings of the books are enjoyable as read-alongs):

  • Out of the Silent Planet
  • Perelandra
  • That Hideous Strength

The C. S. Lewis Out of the Silent Planet Study Guide for high school comes complete with:

  • explanations of the theological and philosophical concepts in the book
  • a guide to Lewis’ fantasy-writing format
  • vocabulary
  • comprehension and inferential questions
  • answer key

This product downloads as two separate PDF files. One file is intended for student use. This document contains fillable fields so students can type their answers directly into the guide. The other document is the answer key, intended for the parent.

The Space Trilogy is a good high school choice as a stand-alone literature series. For students who are studying History and Philosophy of the Western World, this series is an excellent complementary choice because it will illustrate some of the concepts learned in the course. (We recommend it for the 4th quarter of the school year for History and Philosophy of the Western World students.)

Study guides to accompany ALL 3 books in the Space Trilogy may also be purchased for download in ONE volume here: The C. S. Lewis Space Trilogy Study Guides.

For more Lewis learning, view the product description for The Chronicles of Narnia for High School here.

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C. S. Lewis Out of the Silent Planet Study Guide for High School