A Grief Observed Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. What does the author think is the worst thing he could wish for H.?

2. What does the author finally decide in Chapter Four he must get on with accomplishing?

3. What motivated the author's attempt to hit back at God?

4. What purpose do images of H. serve for the author?

5. What does the author think about people who are not offended by iconoclasm?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lewis mean when he writes about a house of cards?

2. How does the consolation that previously so wearied Lewis, "She is in God's hands", strike Lewis by the last chapter?

3. In what way does Lewis's previous acceptance of death and mourning alter with H.'s death?

4. What does Lewis write that his notes ultimately have been about?

5. What feelings follow from Lewis's experiences when he is not thinking about H.? How is his feeling related to his grief?

6. What are Lewis's reflections about images in the fourth chapter?

7. What does Lewis want when it comes to reality vs. ideas about reality?

8. For Lewis, why is a good God as formidable as God, the Cosmic Sadist? Describe the differences between the two ideas.

9. At nearly the end of the book, what kind of answer does Lewis receive from God? Briefly, explain what the answer means.

10. What enormous gain in his sense of God and of H. has Lewis made by the fourth chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

What does Lewis mean in Chapter Two when he writes, "Heaven is a state where 'the former things have passed away'"? What has passed away? What is the "Heaven" to which Lewis refers? What prompts Lewis's reflections on his desires to have H. back? Cite any quotes used in the text.

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