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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which novel was being made into a paperback, prompting the debate over spelling in Letter #236?
(a) The Silmarillion.
(b) The Lord of the Rings.
(c) The Hobbit.
(d) Farmer Giles of Ham.

2. To whom is Letter #159 addressed?
(a) Dora Marshall.
(b) Rayner Unwin.
(c) Edith.
(d) Christopher.

3. According to Tolkien in Letter #257, what prevents people from having children?
(a) Fear, but not reluctance.
(b) Fear and reluctance.
(c) Reluctance, but not fear.
(d) Neither fear nor reluctance.

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

5. Besides his complaint in "Later Years", how many other times in the book so far has Tolkien complained about the spelling changes made by the editorial staff of a publishing company?
(a) Three times.
(b) Once.
(c) None.
(d) Twice.

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

7. What year does Tolkien write to his publisher with his thoughts on the original cover designs?
(a) 1951.
(b) 1954.
(c) 1953.
(d) 1952.

8. Based on the information provided by Tolkien in Letter #261, which Ireland Province was C.S. Lewis from?
(a) Ulster.
(b) Munster.
(c) Connacht.
(d) Leinster.

9. What is Tolkien finishing while writing the letters included in "The Lord of the Rings Are Published"?
(a) The manuscript for the prequel to the trilogy.
(b) The collection of poems that coincides with the trilogy.
(c) The poem that coincides with the trilogy.
(d) The manuscript for the final story of the trilogy.

10. How long is Tolkien's Letter #256 to Colin Bailey?
(a) Two paragraphs.
(b) One page.
(c) Two pages.
(d) One paragraph.

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

12. 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.

13. Who are the familiar recipients of the letters of the 1960s that are included in "Later Years"?
(a) Edith and Rayner Unwin.
(b) Christopher, Edith, and Rayner Unwin.
(c) Christopher and Edith Unwin.
(d) Christopher and Rayner Unwin.

14. In his letter to D. Auden in "The Lord of the Rings Are Published," why does Tolkien think his work is published?
(a) The stories have the ability to transcend time periods.
(b) The stories have the ability to connect with children and adults.
(c) The publisher was a childhood friend of his.
(d) The publisher was a fan of the story as a child.

15. When does Tolkien begin using a typewriter for his letters?
(a) April 1965.
(b) July 1964.
(c) April 1966.
(d) July 1963.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which two characters have a dynamic that Tolkien thinks has a great effect on the events in The Lord of Rings?

2. How does Tolkien respond to the woman when she writes to him to inquire whether he had owned a book she purchased?

3. What does Tolkien wish for "well-meaning folk who think they know" in Letter #236?

4. What book has Tolkien recently completed when he writes a letter to W.H. Auden that is included in "To Anne Barrett of Houghton Mifflin Co."?

5. How do the Belgians describe Tolkien in Letter #165?

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