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 sacrifice does the Priest say Ungit demands?

2. Why has Redival become suddenly pious?

3. When the Fox grows ill, what happens to Orual?

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

5. Istra's Greek name is

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Orual's childhood.

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

3. Why does Psyche's mention of "He" anger Orual?

4. How has the palace changed since Orual came out of the Pillar Room?

5. Why is Orual contemptuous of men?

6. Orual calls the love she feels for Psyche "deeper than theirs who seek only the happiness of their beloved." What does this imply about Orual's former thoughts on leaving Psyche to her happiness?

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

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

9. Why does the Fox suggest that Orual needs a dose of hellebore too?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the role of gender in shaping the world of Till We Have Faces? Write an essay in which you analyze how gender defines the main characters and to what degree these characters transcend (or are limited by) their gender identity.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following thematic elements, and discuss why you think it is the most important in the text:

1) Logic vs. Faith

2) Ugliness vs. Beauty

3) Sacrifice

4) Power

5) Truth

Essay Topic 3

G.K. Chesterton once wrote that "Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it." Consider the role of truth in Till We Have Faces--what is true, what do the characters recognize as being true, and how to they come to recognize truth? Then write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify Chesterton's quote as it applies to Lewis's book.

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