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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For the author, what are human characterizations of God?
(a) Delusions.
(b) Anthropomorphism.
(c) Accurate descriptions.
(d) Grandiose characterizations.

2. How does Lewis begin his reflections?
(a) By describing his physical and mental state.
(b) By describing his friends' reactions.
(c) By shouting at God.
(d) By weeping.

3. Where is Jesus's agony on the cross recorded?
(a) One of the author's textbooks.
(b) The Dead Sea Scrolls.
(c) The Bible.
(d) A Grief Observed.

4. The day after the author's rant in Chapter Two, what does he ask himself about God?
(a) If it's rational to believe in a bad God.
(b) Whether or not God exists.
(c) If he has found acceptance that H. is gone.
(d) If God can return H. to life.

5. How does God seem to respond to the author's agony?
(a) With a feeling that Lewis' wife continued to live.
(b) With the gift of comfort.
(c) With silence.
(d) With a sense of nearness to Lewis.

6. At the very end of the second chapter, to what or whom does the author compare himself?
(a) A ship missing an engine.
(b) Job.
(c) The Prodigal Son.
(d) A missing link.

7. What does the author think happens to our memories of people?
(a) The memories become more clear.
(b) The memories change over time.
(c) We completely forget people.
(d) The memories act as substitutes for the people.

8. What does the author say is human history's cruel joke?
(a) That there is no after life.
(b) That there is no promise in Jesus's life and death.
(c) That this life makes no sense.
(d) That God is hateful.

9. Whose suffering troubles the author the most?
(a) His parents'.
(b) H.'s
(c) His children's.
(d) His own.

10. For whom has the author had no difficulty praying?
(a) His children.
(b) Those who have died other than his wife.
(c) His wife.
(d) Strangers.

11. To what ultimate fate does the author resign himself?
(a) Reunion with H.
(b) Death.
(c) Understanding the meaning of life and death.
(d) Life with God.

12. What does Lewis think people who grieve should do?
(a) Remove themselves from society.
(b) Grit their teeth and get on with life.
(c) Talk to their pastors.
(d) Talk freely about their pain.

13. How does the author say a mother who has lost a child responds to words of comfort about where the child is?
(a) She is grateful.
(b) She is not comforted.
(c) She is relieved.
(d) She wants to join the child.

14. What pseudonym did the author use?
(a) C. S. Lewis.
(b) Joy Gresham.
(c) J. R. R. Tolkien.
(d) N. W. Clerk.

15. What is the "state" of heaven, according to the author?
(a) Where one "puts away childish things."
(b) "Where the former things have passed away."
(c) Where the dead live in eternal bliss.
(d) Where God answers all questions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What literary genre is A Grief Observed?

2. Whom does Lewis' sons remind him of?

3. How does the author know that the end of this life is all about heavenly reunions?

4. Who said, "Why have you forsaken me?"

5. What does the author state causes human beings to regard God falsely?

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