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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. Why are the Pevensie children at the train station in Chapter 1?

2. How many sons does Glenstorm have?

3. Why does Prince Caspian dislike Queen Prunaprismia?

4. How did Prince Caspian's father die?

5. As Prince Caspian rides away from the castle in Chapter 5, what sight does he see?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 4, in what ways does Doctor Cornelius foresee Prince Caspian helping the Old Narnians?

2. In Chapter 1, which Pevensie child tries to persuade the others to save their sandwiches and why?

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

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

5. What do the Pevensie children find to the worst part of sleeping out of doors in Chapter 3?

6. How have Doctor Cornelius's ancestors survived the rule of the Telmarines?

7. Why are the Telmarines afraid of the sea?

8. Why doesn't Trufflehunter want to let the Ogre and Hag know about Caspian and invite them to join their force in Chapter 6?

9. Describe the appearance of the Dwarf, as described in Chapter 3.

10. In the beginning of Chapter 1, why are all of the Pevensie children feeling gloomy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

One recurrent theme in Prince Caspian is that of respect and reverence for authority figures such as Aslan, Miraz, the White Witch and the Pevensies. Using specific textual examples, compare and contrast at least two approaches or attitudes toward respect and reverence as demonstrated by specific characters. Discuss what, if any, overarching message C.S. Lewis is conveying about the importance or unimportance of respect and reverence.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, C.S. Lewis sets forth several conflicting views of allegiance. Compare and contrast the specific view on the purpose and importance of allegiance as demonstrated by one of the following character pairings:

a) Nikabrik and Trumpkin

b) King Miraz and King Caspian

c) Peter and Lord Glozelle

Give specific textual information on how these characters exhibit and come to these views. Also in the conclusion, address whether or not you feel that C.S. Lewis is purporting one view of allegiance as being correct or true.

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