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 owl called _______ comes to Jill's window and tells her they must go now.

2. There is a great what the night that Jill and Eustace meet the owl and Trumpkin?

3. Jill and her companions make good time, but are afraid the giants will refuse to let them in if they do what?

4. The stranger tells the children he is a Marsh _________.

5. The stranger instantly apologizes for their inability to do what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain Rilian's conflict, in chapter 14.

3. Explain how the book's title applies to chapter 11.

4. 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?

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

6. How is Jill's bully problem finally resolved?

7. 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?

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

9. Describe the initial meeting between the children and the stranger at the hut.

10. The title of chapter nine is "They Discover Something Worth Knowing," but the travelers actually discover a few things in the chapter. Explain one of the things the travelers discover.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Prince Rilian is kidnapped and put under a spell when he goes to seek vengeance against the serpent.

Part 1:

Explain what you think vengeance is. Also, do you think seeking vengeance is ever worth it? Why or why not?

Part 2:

Why does Rilian feel that it's necessary to seek vengeance and what lesson does C.S. Lewis try to teach about vengeance by having Rilian imprisoned by the evil queen?

Part 3:

Do you feel that it was right for Rilian and his friends to kill the queen? Why or why not? Also, what might a good alternative to killing the queen have been?

Essay Topic 2

Choose the character from the following list that you feel is least necessary and explain why. Also, explain how the book would be different if that character was not present. Use at least two examples from the book to back yourself up.

1. Glimfeather

2. Puddleglum

3. Eustace

Essay Topic 3

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.

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