The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Quiz | Eight Week Quiz G

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 16, The Final Letters.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When does Tolkien write to Unwin about C.S. Lewis in "Now the Books Themselves"?
(a) November 19.
(b) November 9.
(c) September 9.
(d) September 19.

2. What is the main subject of Letters #146, 147, and 148?
(a) Getting the books into their published form.
(b) Rewriting the endings of the books.
(c) Getting enough advance copies of the book available.
(d) Rewriting the beginnings of the books.

3. Which one of the following does Tolkien vigorously discuss in his letters?
(a) Grading papers.
(b) Reporting to class on time.
(c) Reading academic books.
(d) Talking with students.

4. How does Tolkien respond to the idea of chairing the English department?
(a) He is very appreciative.
(b) He is insulted.
(c) He thinks it is terrible.
(d) He does not entirely understand why he was selected.

5. In describing the power of the pen, what aspect of fiction writing does Tolkien refer to when explaining his own writing process and the way he invents characters?
(a) The extensive reading of other fiction done before writing.
(b) The predictability of it.
(c) The extensive research done before writing.
(d) The unpredictability of it.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of good news does Tolkien preview in Letter #185?

2. What will the alteration mean for the book Tolkien is writing in Letter #128?

3. In his letter to D. Auden in "The Lord of the Rings Are Published," why does Tolkien think his work is published?

4. Where does the conversation about accents take place that Tolkien discusses in his letter to Christopher?

5. What aspect of fiction is detailed in Letter #199?

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