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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 is the only thing the author thinks matters about his anger toward God?

2. To what does the author compare physical pain?

3. About what is the author's remaining problem in Chapter Four?

4. In Chapter Three, what is the author finally able to do?

5. In Chapter Four, what does the author decide loving H. is like?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Toward what does Lewis turn when he becomes overwhelmed by feelings?

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

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

5. In Chapter Three, what does Lewis come to see about his love for H. and his faith in God?

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

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

8. In addition to a sword, what other metaphor does Lewis use to describe H. to establish a balanced view?

9. Why does Lewis think that H.'s physical anguish might not have ended when she died? What images does Lewis use when reflecting on what happens to H. after she died?

10. What question does Lewis ask to begin to reason his way through his pain? How does this question lead Lewis onto new ground?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the book, Lewis cries out to have H. come back to him. He wants what they had together and is torn by his wanting. In Chapter Three, Lewis records an unexpected surprise that happened one morning. What was the surprise? Describe the details of the experience. What was the result of the surprise?

Essay Topic 2

After a long period of feeling left outside a locked door, of feeling that God was unresponsive, Lewis begins to sense God's presence on the other side of the door and that the door is unlocked.

1) Discuss the idea behind the biblical promise cited by Lewis, "Knock and the door shall be opened." What does that mean for Lewis and his interaction with God? What does Lewis ask that the phrase might mean?

2) Discuss the other quote to which Lewis refers in Chapter Three, "To him that hath shall be given." What does that phrase mean to Lewis?

3) What, if any, value do either or both of these quotes have for those who grieve?

Essay Topic 3

Lewis must deal with his children as they all struggle through their loss. As Lewis tries to open up to his sons, he is confronted with their great disturbance.

1) How does Lewis attempt to communicate with his children? What topics of conversation does he introduce?

2) How do the children respond to Lewis's advances to build a bridge that connects them? Specify how Lewis interprets the children's responses. Give at least three examples of Lewis's impressions.

3) With what experience does Lewis relate his sons' emotions about their mother's death?

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