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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. When Caspian awakens in Chapter 5, what does Nikabrik want to do to him?

2. In Chapter 4, why does Caspian's tutor select the tower he does for the astronomy lesson?

3. What do gifts does Prince Caspian receive from his tutor in Chapter 5?

4. In Chapter 6, which of Caspian's companions does not join in the dance with the fauns?

5. In which country do the Pevensie children normally reside?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 10, what reason does Aslan give Lucy for showing himself to just her first rather than making a triumphant entrance to everyone the way he did during Lucy's last sojourn in Narnia?

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

3. Why does Aslan agree to restore Reepicheep's tail?

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

5. Why is Edmund an adept fencer when he faces Trumpkin in Chapter 8?

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

7. Why does Susan hesitate to kill the bear approaching them in Chapter 9?

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

9. Why is Glenstorm so sure that Caspian's coming signals a war between the Narnians and the Telmarines?

10. Why are the Telmarines afraid of the sea?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis has several prominent animal characters that have very specific and unique human attributes. Write an essay that describes two or more of these characters and illustrates how they have taken on human-like characterizations. Also address why C.S. Lewis would have given them these characterizations and how they are effective in adding to the overall creation of the mythical land of Narnia.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis utilizes a unique chapter structure to illustrate the ambiguity of time and how it is relative to different characters and different worlds. Using specific textual examples, illustrate how C.S. Lewis portrays this ambiguity and also how the characters themselves respond to this relativity of time as they are presented with the hazards it creates. For example, the Pevensies are lost in an area they were previously familiar with in Chapters 8 and 9 due to the effect of time upon the landscape. Identify any statement Lewis may be making on the importance or relativism of time throughout the novel.

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