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. On their return home, Bardia expresses what opinion on the subject of Psyche's lover?

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

3. What do the grateful citizens of Glome do for Psyche that concerns Orual?

4. How might Redival have influenced the Priest's desire to sacrifice Psyche?

5. Orual feels an urgency to escape the Mountain. Why?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the purpose of the Priest's visit?

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

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

5. As the discord grows between the sisters, what is happening to the kingdom of Glome?

6. Why is Orual contemptuous of men?

7. Describe Orual's childhood.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The final sentence of a work is often the point at which the author relinquishes his theme to the reader. Consider the conclusion of Till We Have Faces and write an essay in which you explicate Lewis' intent based on how he ends his book. What does he want his readers to consider?

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