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. The Fox's decree that Justice, Equality, the Soul, musical note, things behind our backs, and things too far away to be seen suggests that he is ruled by . . .

2. Why does Redival feel she will no longer attract men's attention on her walks to the temple?

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

4. When Psyche suggests her god might be able to make Orual see and understand her situation, how does Orual respond?

5. The fact that Orual cannot see the Psyche's palace implies that. . .

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Describe the Fox's personality.

6. Bardia's suggestion that he and Orual sleep back to back like soldiers teaches Orual what about herself?

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

8. What is the purpose of the Priest's visit?

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

10. 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?

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

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

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.

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