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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. In the harbor is a ship surrounded by many people and creatures with what standing before them all?

2. What is the name of the king who has just left?

3. A talking what greets Jill and Eustace, after Jill questions Eustace about recognizing people in the harbor?

4. A few minutes later the nurse comes to take them to watch the king and queen leave on a what?

5. The children spotted a ________ when they saw the lights in the distance.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the lion seem to represent to Jill, at the start of chapter two, and why?

2. Why do the owls have to secretly meet to try to save the prince?

3. What strange advice does the lady with the knight give the travelers?

4. Jill refuses to explore very far in the trench, so Eustace jumps into the trench to find out for himself. How is that similar to or different from when the two were standing on the cliff at the start of the book?

5. What do you think is the symbolism behind Puddleglum's name?

6. Describe Puddleglum's reaction to meeting the lady and the knight and what it means to the children.

7. At first Jill thinks that Eustace might be on the side of the bullies. Eustace tells Jill that he is different since a strange adventure he went on with his cousins. Do you think, in real life, that bullies can be changed by having a certain experience?

8. What happened to the queen and what affect did it have on the prince, according to the owls?

9. How does Jill learn the lion's identity?

10. Why did the children feel they had to sneak away from the giants?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Aslan is a strange character in the book. He's only seen a few times, but his presence is always felt. Fundamentally, do you feel that Aslan is a good character, an evil character or a neither good nor evil character and why? Use at least three examples from the story to back up your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Bullying is a key theme of the book.

Part 1:

Explain what makes the queen of the underworld a bully.

Part 2:

Explain what makes the giants at the house of Harfang bullies.

Part 3:

Explain how you would deal with a bully in your own life and whether or not your opinion on that was changed by reading the book. If so, in what ways? Use examples from the book to back up your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Many people view the Chronicles of Narnia series, which The Silver Chair is a part of, as an interpretation of certain aspects of Christianity. Describe,in detail, three parts of the book that mirror stories from the Christian religion. For example, how does Caspian's rebirth at the end of the novel mirror the religion? Also, what part of Christianity might Aslan represent and why?

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