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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 is the "state" of heaven, according to the author?
(a) Where one "puts away childish things."
(b) Where God answers all questions.
(c) "Where the former things have passed away."
(d) Where the dead live in eternal bliss.

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

3. In the early stage of the author's grief, what was one emotion he felt toward God?
(a) Anger.
(b) Acceptance.
(c) Bliss.
(d) Companionship.

4. Where does the author determine holds no promise of a happy afterlife?
(a) Scripture.
(b) Academic works.
(c) Religious lithographs.
(d) Hymns.

5. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said, "Why have you forsaken me?"

2. How does the author picture the "eternal somethings" that he and H. would be after this life?

3. What literary genre is A Grief Observed?

4. What aspect of an afterlife does the author say differs completely from this life?

5. Where does the author feel his loss the most?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways does Lewis reflect a mother who has lost her child can and cannot find comfort? For what does a mother mourn in that situation?

2. What does Lewis find so horrifying about the man he encountered who was tending to his mother's grave? What does Lewis's reaction to the man mean for Lewis's feelings about H.?

3. Why is Lewis "appalled" when he read what he has written in the first chapter?

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

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. Describe some people whom Lewis thinks are having negative reactions to Lewis and his grief?

7. What impresses Lewis about his realization of the man he had not seen for 10 years and Lewis's actual memories of the man?

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

9. Before H. died, In what ways is Lewis aware of the distinction between himself and H.?

10. H.'s absence is most evident to Lewis in his body. How does Lewis experience his own body in his grief?

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