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. Why does the palace fade before Orual's eyes?

2. Orual accuses Psyche of becoming cruel like the gods because. . .

3. Who comes to the palace backed by an "army"?

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

5. Why is Redival crying over the sacrifice of Psyche?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Redival's purpose in visiting the temple so frequently?

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

3. Why is Orual contemptuous of men?

4. What complaints does Orual make of the Gods during her trial?

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

6. What are Orual's strengths as a queen?

7. How does Bardia hurt Orual's feelings?

8. How are people's attitudes changing toward Psyche?

9. Describe the battle between Orual and Argan.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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