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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In the second chapter, what person does the author come to realize he had little confidence in?
(a) The author's brother.
(b) H.
(c) The author's children.
(d) B. R.

3. What is Lewis' state of mind?
(a) Bitterness.
(b) Acceptance.
(c) Agony.
(d) Denial.

4. How does the author picture the "eternal somethings" that he and H. would be after this life?
(a) Spheres.
(b) Angels.
(c) Corpses.
(d) Emptiness.

5. How do some of the author's friends try to console him?
(a) That H. is no longer suffering.
(b) That the author's children bring him comfort.
(c) That the author will love again.
(d) With the promise of "reunions on the further shore."

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

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

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

9. What quality best characterizes the author's reflections?
(a) Fear.
(b) Anger.
(c) Logic.
(d) Irrationality.

10. How will the author respond if talked to about the "truth of religion"?
(a) He will listen gladly.
(b) He will refuse to engage in conversation.
(c) He will argue theology.
(d) He will listen submissively.

11. What metaphor does the author use to describe the strength of his belief of H.'s continuing existence?
(a) A book.
(b) A rope.
(c) An automobile.
(d) A grave stone.

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

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

14. How long were the author and H. married?
(a) Six months.
(b) Ten years.
(c) One year.
(d) Three years.

15. What is the only thing, according to the author, that tests the reality of a belief?
(a) A real risk.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Marriage.
(d) Love.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long does the author think his suffering will last?

2. To what does the author compare falling in love with H.'s memory?

3. In the second chapter, what does the author reason God must do if He hurts people so in this life?

4. What does the author think lessens the horror of a terminal illness?

5. What happens when the author tries to remember H.'s face?

(see the answer keys)

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