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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter Two, what does the author say is one more name for death?

3. Who is H.?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter One, Lewis reflects upon marriage, religion and God. What is one thing that Lewis admits that marriage has done for him?

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

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

4. 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?

5. What is one aspect of the supposed consolation that H. continues that troubles Lewis?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter Three, Lewis begins focused reflections on God and God's nature. Watching H. suffer, knowing what she had lost, and what Lewis lost, Lewis comes to the question of God. As a man who believed in God, this is the foundational issue of the book. In what direction will Lewis move as he learns to cope with the loss of his wife? What does that mean for Lewis's faith in God? How does Lewis reason through his earlier rantings at God? In what specific ways does Lewis describe God as He may or may not be? Do you think that Lewis is stronger when he is immersed in his emotions or in his reasoning? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

C.S. Lewis was a religious scholar. He brought deep knowledge to his reflections on grief. He also was familiar, prior to H.'s death and certainly after she died, with religious platitudes. Write a developed essay that covers what Lewis says he will discuss about religion and how he will respond. Also discuss what Lewis will not discuss about religion and what he will assume from that particular topic. Describe why Lewis distinguishes among these topics.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the different ways that Lewis considers God. Specify each of Lewis's characterizations of God and what each means to Lewis. With which, if any, of Lewis's characterizations about God does Lewis end the book?

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