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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the first person to identify the ruins they have found on the island?

2. What happened to all of the great lords who had known Prince Caspian's father, after the Queen died?

3. What is the name of the castle the children remember from when they were Kings and Queens of Narnia?

4. How many steps go down to the treasure room in the ruins?

5. Who jumps into the water to recover the boat, after the soldiers abandon it in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Edmund and Peter travel into the mound, what is thought provoking about the carvings on the walls?

2. What character trait are badgers known for, as described by Trufflehunter in Chapter 5?

3. Describe the terrain the Pevensies and Trumpkin travel over near the gorge of the Rush in Chapter 10?

4. Why is Susan sad after they find the chessman in the castle ruins?

5. In Chapter 14, what does Bacchus serve the old woman from the cottage for breakfast?

6. Why is Nikabrik initially prejudice against Doctor Cornelius?

7. How do Reepicheep and the other mice contribute to the battle in Chapter 14?

8. How do the Telmarine soldiers react when they finally see Aslan in Chapter 15?

9. Why does Trufflehunter believe it is appropriate for Prince Caspian to become King over Narnia?

10. How did Doctor Cornelius procure Susan's horn?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

C.S. Lewis designated his work, Prince Caspian along with all the other books in his Chronicles of Narnia series as being children's literature, however, the novel is full of powerful themes and inferences that are pertinent in contemporary society leading the novel to be read and studied by people of all ages. Discuss how Lewis simultaneously introduces advanced themes while maintaining a plot that would be assessable to a child. Give specific examples of literary devices and tools employed throughout the book enabling the novel to function on several levels.

Essay Topic 2

The theme of the pursuit of power is central to the novel, Prince Caspian. Many important characters are pursuing power, however, they are usually foiled in their attempts to attain this power. Meanwhile, other characters who are not intent upon achieving power, find that they end up with it. Using at least three character examples, illustrate how Lewis establishes a premise on the pursuit of power. Discuss how Lewis's view on the pursuit of power is relevant to today.

Essay Topic 3

Honor and "gentlemanly" or chivalrous behavior is one of the themes highlighted in Prince Caspian. Discuss how the characters of Peter and Miraz illustrate the dichotomy what is honorable behavior and what is not throughout the novel. Use specific textual examples to illustrate the characters' views of honor as exhibited by their statements and actions. Based on these two example, does C. S. Lewis create an overarching definition of what honor is?

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