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 caused the King's position to weaken even further?

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

3. What does Orual mean by the "reek of holiness" that has overtaken the palace?

4. Psyche's appearance at the beginning of the chapter suggests

5. What promise does Psyche extract from Orual?

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. Orual claims she writes her book for what reason?

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

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

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

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

7. What does Psyche's helping Orual across the stream represent?

8. Describe the reasons Orual is prevented from seeing Pscyhe for a final time at her burial.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Trace Orual's journey toward faith through an examination of one of the following:

1) Physical objects or places.

2) Association with other characters.

3) Her own thoughts.

4) Her statements about the gods.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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