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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What happens when the author tries to remember H.'s face?
(a) Her face is not clear.
(b) He cannot recall what she looked like.
(c) His memory is crystal clear.
(d) He sees her as if she is still alive.

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

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

4. Whom does Lewis' sons remind him of?
(a) Himself as a child.
(b) God.
(c) Their mother.
(d) Lewis' mother.

5. How does the author decide he must consider death?
(a) As a brief parting.
(b) As a permanent separation.
(c) As an illusion.
(d) As God's punishment.

6. What kind of understanding did the author have of H.'s dying?
(a) The same understanding that H. had.
(b) An intellectual understanding.
(c) An understanding of knowing death was approaching.
(d) An understanding of the physical pain.

7. Who is the main character in the book?
(a) H.
(b) C. S. Lewis.
(c) The two sons.
(d) God.

8. How will the author respond to being told the consolations of religion?
(a) He will assume the speaker does not understand.
(b) He will argue from Scripture.
(c) He will be persuaded.
(d) He will be consoled.

9. Of what disease did H. die?
(a) Emphysema.
(b) Leukemia.
(c) Brain tumor.
(d) Cancer.

10. What was the difference between the author's and H.'s sufferings?
(a) They were very different experiences.
(b) One of them did not suffer at all.
(c) There was no difference.
(d) The experiences changed all the time without warning.

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

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

13. What accounts for a mother's response to comforting words regarding a lost child?
(a) Detachment from death.
(b) Mothering instinct.
(c) Faith in God.
(d) Confidence in Scripture.

14. What quality did the author admire so much about H.?
(a) Her detachment.
(b) Her love for their children.
(c) Her wisdom.
(d) Her sense of humor.

15. What does the author conclude about the way that lovers feel about the other one's death?
(a) The feelings are exactly the same.
(b) The feelings are in opposition.
(c) The feelings are complementary.
(d) The feelings are overpowering.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who quoted to the author, "Do not mourn like those that have no hope."?

2. In Chapter Two, of whom does the author decide he needs to think more?

3. Of what emotion does grief remind the author?

4. What did the author's friends call him?

5. In the second chapter, what person does the author come to realize he had little confidence in?

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