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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 someone asks Jill and Eustace to help in Aslan's name, they should know it is whom?

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

3. They must sneak out since it would be rude to leave before the _______.

4. Jill is given a ______, fresh clothes, and a fine room in which to sleep.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Jill is upset that she didn't notice the signs the day before. Do you think Jill is justified in being mad at herself for missing the signs?

2. After going through the garden door, Jill and Eustace are on a tall mountain standing near a cliff. Jill tries to show off by standing as close to the edge as she dare. Why do you think Jill tried to show off on the cliff?

3. What are Jill's four tasks that are set out by Aslan?

4. When the travelers reach a bridge made by giants that runs across a deep precipice, Puddleglum is reluctant to use it because he is afraid it might be an enchanted bridge and it might disappear while they are only half across. Based on what is already known about the giants at that point, do you think Puddleglum's fear was valid?

5. As the travelers are traveling along, at one point, Jill wanders up ahead and falls into a trench. What information does Jill's fall convey about Jill's personal journey in the book so far?

6. Describe the scene, as Jill and Eustace are reunited at the harbor.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Besides Jill's school, there are three main settings in the story, Narnia, the land of giants and the underworld (underland). Answer the following questions about each of the three settings:

1. What do you feel each setting represents?

2. In what ways do the settings reflect the people who live there and the events that take place there?

3. Is each setting good, evil or neutral? Does any setting change, in terms of goodness or evilness, as the story progresses? If so, in what ways?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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