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

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

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

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

5. What frightens Orual most about the Priest of Ungit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Orual believe is the true reason the gods have tried to give her such feelings of happiness on her journey, and why does she refuse to accept these feelings?

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What are the King's reasons for sacrificing Psyche?

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

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

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

The American philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote "Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom." How does forgiveness shape the characters and drive the plot of this novel? What does the act of forgiving do for each character? Write an essay in which you analyze the role of forgiveness in Till We Have Faces.

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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