The Silver Chair Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 children fall asleep and wake up in the morning to go looking for who?

2. ustace asks where they are and the creature answers they are in Cair what?

3. Caspian has grown very old and has sailed away to find ________.

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

5. The travelers walk for several weeks, killing ______ for food and sleeping on the ground.

Short Essay Questions

1. If you were Jill, how would you handle the confrontation with the school bullies?

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

3. What problem does Puddleglum have that makes meeting the king and queen of the giants difficult and how did that problem occur?

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. When a talking owl greets them, Jill tells the owl why they are there, which is news to Eustace since she has not told him yet. Eustace asks where they are and the owl answers they are in Cair Paravel and that it was King Caspian who has just left. Why does that news upset Jill?

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

7. Do you agree that the owls should secretly help Jill and Eustace to rescue the prince?

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

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

10. Do you really think Jill was mad at Eustace for not recognizing Caspian and, if so, do you think Jill was right to be mad at Eustace?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Explain how the theme of following rules is running throughout the book. Cite two examples of rules not being followed and two examples of rules being followed. Also, state whether or not you agree or disagree with those rules and why. Note: The rules can be rules set by certain characters or they can be generally understood rules of man, such as how there is an understood rule of humanity that people shouldn't hurt each other.

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