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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What feeling is the author surprised to discover that grief resembles?
(a) Fear.
(b) Confusion.
(c) Love.
(d) Anger.

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

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

4. Who is H.?
(a) A faculty member.
(b) The author's wife.
(c) The author's brother.
(d) A friend from the author's past.

5. What does the author think about a God who has created a world of so much beauty?
(a) Such a God can do anything He chooses.
(b) Such a God is not interested in human suffering.
(c) Such a God could not give people senseless pain.
(d) Suffering is necessary to balance the beauty.

6. Who quoted to the author, "Do not mourn like those that have no hope."?
(a) H.
(b) C.
(c) B. R.
(d) The author's brother.

7. To what does the author compare falling in love with H.'s memory?
(a) Incest.
(b) Adultery.
(c) Insanity.
(d) The next best thing to having H. with him.

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

9. What, if any, were H.'s last words?
(a) "I don't want to leave you now."
(b) "I am at peace with God."
(c) She had no last words.
(d) "I don't want to die."

10. In what sense does the author feel isolated from his wife?
(a) He cannot express his fears to her.
(b) He cannot enter into her experience of dying.
(c) She cannot come home from the hospital.
(d) He thinks she will not miss him.

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

12. According to the author, if he searched the universe for H., what would happen?
(a) He would find God.
(b) He would not find her.
(c) He would find her.
(d) He would be left even more lonely.

13. Who causes the author the most confusion?
(a) Himself.
(b) His sons.
(c) His friends.
(d) God.

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

15. Where does the author feel his loss the most?
(a) In his body.
(b) At the park.
(c) At work.
(d) In his home.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the first chapter, what does the author say is the most "disquieting symptom"?

2. What does the author finally decide about the reality of death?

3. When the author rereads his reflections, how does he react?

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

5. What kind of character did the author's wife have?

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