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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who are most of the recipients of "The Final Letters"?
(a) Tolkien's students.
(b) Tolkien's friends.
(c) Tolkien's publishers.
(d) Tolkien's relatives.

2. How does Tolkien think his writing about the joys of fatherhood will be interpreted by people who are not yet parents?
(a) It will not be very helpful.
(b) They will be surprised.
(c) It will be very helpful.
(d) They will not be surprised.

3. As Tolkien explains in Letter #246, what is the main difference between Gandalf and Sauron?
(a) Sauron has much less wisdom.
(b) Gandalf succumbs to the Enemy.
(c) Sauron has much more wisdom.
(d) Gandalf never succumbs to the Enemy.

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

5. Which new names are among the recipients of the 1960s letters included in "Later Years"?
(a) Professor Forster and Hugo Dyson.
(b) Professor Forster and Mrs. Drijver.
(c) Mrs. Drijver and Hugo Dyson.
(d) Professor Forster, Mrs. Drijver, and Hugo Dyson.

6. Which book began as a story that Tolkien created to read to his children?
(a) The Lord of the Rings.
(b) Farmer Giles of Ham.
(c) The Hobbit.
(d) The Silmarillion.

7. How do the Belgians describe Tolkien in Letter #165?
(a) The creator of Gandolf.
(b) The author of The Silmarillion.
(c) The creator of Mr. Bilbo Baggins.
(d) The author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

8. In Letter #227, how does Tolkien explain the name, Numenor?
(a) Illogical, but subjectively translated between languages.
(b) Logical and not easily translated between languages.
(c) Logical, but subjectively translated between languages.
(d) Illogical and not easily translated between languages.

9. How many Elves does Tolkien think might be able to manage the Ring of Power in Letter #246?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) One.
(d) None.

10. What is the only date found on Letter #182?
(a) 1955.
(b) January, 1956.
(c) 1956.
(d) June, 1955.

11. What is the first topic discussed in Tolkien's letter to Unwin about C.S. Lewis in "Now the Books Themselves"?
(a) The books' reviews.
(b) C.S. Lewis' books.
(c) The books' sales.
(d) C.S. Lewis' opinions.

12. Why does C.S. Lewis use the name Numenor in one of his stories?
(a) As a way to generate interest in the story.
(b) As an attempt to rewrite The Lord of the Rings.
(c) As an attempt to write a sequel to The Lord of the Rings.
(d) As a reference to Tolkien.

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

14. How long does it take Tolkien to get his story about The Lord of the Rings published, according to Letter #159?
(a) Several years.
(b) Three years.
(c) Two years.
(d) One year.

15. In what year is Letter #253 written?
(a) 1964.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1963.
(d) 1962.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who are the familiar recipients of the letters of the 1960s that are included in "Later Years"?

3. To whom does Tolkien write about the impact of C.S. Lewis' passing?

4. Based on the information provided by Tolkien in Letter #261, which Ireland Province was C.S. Lewis from?

5. How does Tolkien think his writing about the joys of fatherhood will be interpreted by people who are parents?

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