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. Orual believes you can escape thoughts of the gods or faith by. . .

2. What has changed about the King since he beat Orual in chapter 5?

3. When Orual sees her father through her Stepmother's eyes, she believes that his appearance will not. . .

4. Why does Orual not recognize Psyche in the procession?

5. Why does Orual feel "as if a soft, cold hand had been laid" on her left side when the Fox calls Psyche "prettier than Aphrodite herself"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Orual claims she writes her book for what reason?

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

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

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

5. What is Orual's growing fear throughout the chapter?

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss a statement about jealousy that you believe Lewis is making through the text. What happens to the jealous, or to the subjects of jealousy? What does jealousy have the power to do? Use examples and quotations to support your point.

Essay Topic 2

Choose one major character and explain the ways Lewis chooses to develop him or her as symbolic. What methods of characterization does the author use? Choose from the following or identify your own:

Characters: Orual, the Fox, Psyche, Redival, Bardia, the Priest, or Arnom.

Methods of Characterization: Actions, Dialog, Description, Other's Reactions, for example.

Essay Topic 3

An Arab proverb explains, "Love sees sharply, hatred sees even more sharp, but Jealousy sees the sharpest for it is love and hate at the same time." Consider the role of love, hatred, and jealousy in Till We Have Faces. How does each emotion shape the characters and drive the plot? Then write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify the Arab proverb as it applies to Lewis' book.

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