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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What aspect of an afterlife does the author say differs completely from this life?
(a) Hell.
(b) Burial.
(c) Heaven.
(d) Reincarnation.

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

3. How long does the author think his suffering will last?
(a) As long as it must.
(b) Forever.
(c) Not much longer.
(d) For about a year.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the first chapter, who does the author say had died several years ago?

3. What does Lewis think people who grieve should do?

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

5. In what sense does the author feel isolated from his wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do consoling people tell Lewis about where H. is after her death? How does Lewis interpret these attempts to console him?

2. Lewis begins to ask a question that becomes central to his reflections. What "disquieting symptom" introduces itself to Lewis in Chapter One?

3. How does Lewis try to convince himself that he does not mind H.'s death? Provide examples of the things that Lewis tells himself.

4. Why can Lewis not talk to his children about their mother?

5. How did Lewis feel years ago about a friend's life after death? Contrast that experience with the way that Lewis experiences H. after her death?

6. What does Lewis experience when he finally goes to a place where he and H. had been happy?

7. What aspects of religion is Lewis glad to discuss? What aspect of religion is Lewis not willing to accept?

8. Does Lewis have trouble believing that God exists? Explain.

9. In Chapter Two, how does Lewis introduce the idea of faith? When does Lewis determine that one's beliefs are ultimately tested?

10. How does Lewis think people react when they encounter him?

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