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

2. When Bardia suggests they sleep back to back to ward off the cold, Orual. . .

3. When Psyche learns that Orual cannot see her palace at all, she expresses. . .

4. To what does the Fox attribute the fact that the dangers and plagues disappeared from Glome when Psyche was sacrificed?

5. Which of the following is a reason why the narrator does not fear the gods will punish her for writing her book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What kind of relationship does Orual have with her father?

4. What happens to Orual when she hears that Psyche is to be sacrificed?

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

8. Why does the war with Tarin's father seem to "leave a stench?"

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

10. Why does Bardia eventually allow Orual into Psyche's room?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the journey Orual takes up the mountain, examining the symbolic meaning behind three of the following:

A) The steep ascent.

B) The hills and valleys between Glome and the Mountain.

C) The black valley.

D) The secret valley of the god.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The final sentence of a work is often the point at which the author relinquishes his theme to the reader. Consider the conclusion of Till We Have Faces and write an essay in which you explicate Lewis' intent based on how he ends his book. What does he want his readers to consider?

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