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

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

3. At the end of Chapter Two, what does the author think about his reflections?
(a) That God will answer all of the author's questions.
(b) They are senseless.
(c) That he is growing closer to God.
(d) That the author is close to understanding why his wife died.

4. In the first chapter, who does the author say had died several years ago?
(a) The author's father.
(b) One of the author's sons.
(c) The author's friend.
(d) The author's brother.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. If death is real, what does the author conclude about it?

2. How will the author respond to being told the consolations of religion?

3. What feeling characterizes the second section?

4. Who tries to comfort Lewis with a biblical story about Jesus?

5. What pseudonym did the author use?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What was the most precious gift that marriage to H. had given Lewis? What is Lewis afraid will happen to that gift?

4. Does Lewis believe in the idea of families reuniting on the other side? Upon what does Lewis base his conclusion?

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

6. What does Lewis think that he can say about H.'s continuing? Why is it important for Lewis to work out the issue of where H. is?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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