Till We Have Faces 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. Psyche's refusal to leave the Mountain arises chiefly from what reason?

2. What is King Trom most concerned with in this chapter?

3. Whose voices does Orual hear crying out at the end of chapter 9?

4. Why does Orual learn not to fear her Stepmother?

5. What does Orual call the greatest shame of her life?

Short Essay Questions

1. Orual claims she writes her book for what reason?

2. What kind of relationship does Orual have with her father?

3. How do Orual and the Fox end up "babysitting" Redival?

4. What is Orual's biggest struggle in chapter 11?

5. Why does the King kill a slave boy at the beginning of the chapter?

6. Why does the war with Tarin's father seem to "leave a stench?"

7. The Fox has taught Orual and Psyche to believe what about the people they will encounter daily?

8. What "deaths" does Psyche list for Orual as a part of a mortal life?

9. What is the lesson the Fox expresses about Nature, or the Whole, in chapter 8?

10. Why is Orual contemptuous of men?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following topics for discussion in essay form:

1) Is Orual a selfish or selfless character? Why? Support your answer with examples.

2) Does the Fox's wisdom serve the girls well? Choose examples to support your answer.

3) Which characters show courage in the novel?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the idea of faith through any one character in the text. Following that character's journey, find examples to prove how that person moves toward or away from faith throughout the story.

Essay Topic 3

If we assume that Lewis writes Till We Have Faces to communicate some virtue or virtues, what might they be? Write an essay in which you identify Lewis' definition of goodness and how he communicates these values in his novel.

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