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Sheldon Vanauken
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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. What did Davy call the farmhouse she and Van lived in while waiting for the Grey Goose to be built?
(a) Horsebite Hall.
(b) Mockingbird Manor.
(c) Frog-jump Farm.
(d) Cow's Tail Chateau.

2. What does Van say was his first aesthetic experience?
(a) Having pain feel intense.
(b) Falling in love.
(c) Watching the branches of a tree wave.
(d) Shivering in the cold.

3. Where did Van and Davy live during their first year at Oxford?
(a) A London townhouse.
(b) A studio apartment.
(c) C.S. Lewis' house.
(d) Church quarters.

4. What did Van and Davy call their "shining barrier?"
(a) Their love.
(b) Their values.
(c) The fence around Glenmerle.
(d) Their marriage code.

5. What did Van say God must help him with at the end of "Encounter with Light?"
(a) His fear.
(b) His faith.
(c) His relationship.
(d) His disbelief.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Van and Davy come up with their code before marriage?

2. What does the sand blow against when Van likens Christ to sand in "The Sands?"

3. What does Van say made him realize the feelings of pain and longing while in Kensington?

4. Where did Van and Davy spend the day before leaving their first year at Oxford?

5. Aside from Shakespeare, what other poet does Van admire?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did C.S. Lewis compare himself to Van in his letters?

2. How did C.S. Lewis respond to Van's desire for the presence of God to be obvious?

3. Why did Davy and Van sail to Oxford at the end of "The Shadow of a Tree?"

4. How did Van connect Glenmerle to Davy?

5. Why did Van and Davy choose to attend St. Ebbe's?

6. How did Lewis respond when Van considered changing his major to Theology?

7. What happened when Van and Davy started reading C.S. Lewis novels?

8. How did Van say spending a year in Kensington changed him?

9. What did Van and Davy do as soon as the war ended?

10. What was Davy and Van's wedding like?

(see the answer keys)

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