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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. The lady says they should tell the gentle giants there that she has sent them for what Feast?

2. The irritability causes Jill to do what?

3. When they reach a giant's bridge across a deep precipice, Puddleglum is reluctant to use it because he is afraid it might be ________.

4. Jill and Eustace have landed in a field close to a harbor beside a large what?

5. Jill is upset because it is clearly whom that Eustace was supposed to talk to and now he has missed his opportunity?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how faith plays a role in chapter 11.

2. How is the process of breaking the queen's enchantment attempt symbolic?

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

4. As the creatures take the travelers to the queen, they begin their march through a tiny crack that Jill is afraid to enter. How has Jill's attitude changed, since the start of the book?

5. Describe how the mood of the novel changes, as chapter six goes on.

6. In chapter 5, the children are taken on a long flight with the owls and are put inside a hut where they instantly fall to sleep. Do you think that it was right for the children to trust the owls and, if so, do you think the owls betrayed that trust by leaving the children alone in the strange hut?

7. How does the discussion with the knight cause the children to lose faith in Aslan a bit and do you agree with their loss of faith?

8. Why are Puddleglum and Eustace upset about eating venison, in chapter 9, and why is Jill not upset? Whose reaction do you agree with and why?

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

10. How did Rilian's indecision affect the outcome of chapter 14.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Using several examples from the book, explain how going to Narnia helped Jill. Also, explain how Jill's presence in Narnia changed the course of events. What might have happened if Eustace and Puddleglum had gone on their adventure without Jill?

Essay Topic 2

Answer the following questions about the silver chair itself:

1. Describe the role of the silver chair in the story. What is it and when is it mentioned?

2. Explain what the silver chair symbolizes and what destroying it was symbolic of.

3. Using details from the story, explain why you think C.S. Lewis chose to name the novel The Silver Chair and whether or not you agree with the novel title. If so, why? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 3

Part 1:

Describe, in detail, four lessons that you feel the book as a whole tries to teach. Use several examples from the book to back up your choices.

Part 2:

Of the four lessons that you chose, pick the two that you feel are most important. Explain why you think those lessons are most important and how you feel you can apply them to real life. Use at least two real life scenarios to back up your answer.

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