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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 ancient civilization thought that embalming the dead lessened death's effect?
(a) Celtic civilization.
(b) Roman civilization.
(c) Egyptian civilization.
(d) Grecian civilization.

2. 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.

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

4. According to the author, what feeling does a dying person experience?
(a) Fear of destruction.
(b) Joy to be going to Heaven.
(c) Relief that pain will end.
(d) Sorrow to leave one's partner.

5. In Chapter Two, of whom does the author decide he needs to think more?
(a) Himself.
(b) H.
(c) His children.
(d) God.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say combats the idea of God's mindless cruelty?

2. By the end of the second chapter, what does the author think about human contemplation of God?

3. What theory about God does the author dismiss?

4. At the end of Chapter Two, what does the author think about his reflections?

5. According to the author, what would happen if two lovers died at the exact some moment?

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 is surprised about the way that grief intrudes upon his daily responsibilities. What are some symptoms Lewis experiences about the laziness of grief?

3. Lewis turns to C. with questions about God. How does C. respond to Lewis's thoughts?

4. What does Lewis describe as so tragic about H.'s "noble hunger"?

5. In what ways does Lewis describe H.'s "noble hunger"? Describe the ways that H.'s "noble hunger" displayed itself in H.'s approach.

6. Lewis decided to record his reflections to get all his feelings and thoughts out. What does Lewis reflect might be a downside to his journal?

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

8. What does Lewis realize is the problem with deciding to think less about himself and more about H.?

9. Why does Lewis think that grief is like fear? Describe the ways in which Lewis experiences fear.

10. What does Lewis mean by the term "live" as it relates to H.'s memory?

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