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. When Orual grows angry at Psyche's attitude, Psyche responds by

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

3. Bardia offers to accompany Orual up the Mountain. Why?

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

5. What is ironic about Psyche's treatment of Orual when she sees Orual's bruises?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do Orual and the Fox sense misfortune for Psyche?

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

4. Describe Orual's childhood.

5. Describe the Fox's personality.

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

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

8. How has the palace changed since Orual came out of the Pillar Room?

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

10. What is the lesson the Fox expresses about Nature, or the Whole, in chapter 8?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider the quote "Beauty is variable, ugliness is constant." Consider how Lewis defines beauty and ugliness within the world of Till We Have Faces. Then write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify the quote above as it applies to Lewis' novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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