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. What proof does Batta offer that the people have stopped worshiping Psyche?

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

3. What prevents Orual from following Psyche up the Mountain?

4. Why does Psyche believe men behave in an evil way?

5. What surprises Orual when she first sees her Stepmother?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Psyche ashamed to be mortal?

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

3. Why is Bardia the guard at Psyche's door?

4. Why is Orual contemptuous of men?

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

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

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

8. Why does the King begin to use the Fox as an advisor?

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

10. Bardia's suggestion that he and Orual sleep back to back like soldiers teaches Orual what about herself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one major character and explain the ways Lewis chooses to develop him or her as symbolic. What methods of characterization does the author use? Choose from the following or identify your own:

Characters: Orual, the Fox, Psyche, Redival, Bardia, the Priest, or Arnom.

Methods of Characterization: Actions, Dialog, Description, Other's Reactions, for example.

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

Describe the journey Orual takes up the mountain, examining the symbolic meaning behind three of the following:

A) The steep ascent.

B) The hills and valleys between Glome and the Mountain.

C) The black valley.

D) The secret valley of the god.

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