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. Why has Redival become suddenly pious?

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

3. Why does Psyche predict Orual will be able to return to her soon?

4. What name have the people begun to call Psyche?

5. Trying to make Psyche see reason, Orual begins to. . .

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Orual's childhood.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Consider Till We Have Faces as an allegory and answer the following questions in your essay:

1) How does Lewis use the myth of Cupid and Psyche to communicate his theme(s)?

2) What do the key elements of this allegory (characters, symbols, imagery, allusions, for example) have to do with Lewis' message(s)?

Essay Topic 2

Choose one of the following thematic elements, and discuss why you think it is the most important in the text:

1) Logic vs. Faith

2) Ugliness vs. Beauty

3) Sacrifice

4) Power

5) Truth

Essay Topic 3

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)?

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