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. Where do Orual, Psyche, and the Fox spend most of their time?

2. Orual's comparison of the Priest to a vulture foreshadows

3. Who recognizes Orual's grief and offers her an outlet through training at swords?

4. What were the "knocks of the hammer" that destroyed Orual's happiness with the Fox and Psyche?

5. Before the birth of King Trom's third child, the atmosphere of the castle is. . .

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does the Fox have for wanting to commit suicide?

2. How does the God reveal himself to Orual?

3. How does Orual hope to use Trunia and Redival to bring peace to Glome and Phars?

4. Why does Bardia eventually allow Orual into Psyche's room?

5. What does Orual mean by "And my struggle began," after they pass out of sight of the mountain?

6. Why does Orual focus on the most fearful possibilities for Psyche's death rather than encouraging her?

7. In this chapter, what is the source of conflict between Orual and Psyche?

8. Describe the Fox's personality.

9. Ultimately, why is Psyche happy to be sacrificed to the god of Grey Mountain?

10. How does Orual's battle with ugliness come to an end?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Consider Till We Have Faces as an allegory and answer the following questions in your essay:

1) How does Lewis use the myth of Cupid and Psyche to communicate his theme(s)?

2) What do the key elements of this allegory (characters, symbols, imagery, allusions, for example) have to do with Lewis' message(s)?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay in which you examine Lewis' choice to use the first person point of view in writing Till We Have Faces. Why might he have selected this point of view? How does it enhance his theme(s)?

Essay Topic 3

An Arab proverb explains, "Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but Jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time." Consider the role of love, hatred, and jealousy in Till We Have Faces. How does each emotion shape the characters and drive the plot? Then write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify the Arab proverb as it applies to Lewis' book.

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