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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. In what sense does the author agree that H. is with God, as some friends say?

2. Whom does Lewis' sons remind him of?

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

4. In Chapter Two, of whom does the author decide he needs to think more?

5. How does Lewis think his friends react to talking about H.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Lewis offers a passage in Chapter Four that is full of similes. Describe the passage, referring to the similes. What does the moment Lewis describes mean? How does it reveal Lewis's progression through deep pain and sorrow? What is noticeably different from Lewis's reflections earlier in the book, especially the first two chapters?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter Four, Lewis describes two enormous gains that relate to God and to H. Describe those gains. Why does Lewis not call them "lasting" gains? For all that he gained, what does Lewis chide himself for as far as his earlier desires were concerned? How does recognition of these gains come to Lewis? Use Lewis's poetic description of how they do, and do not, come into view.

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