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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which one of the following is a topic of discussion in Letter #150 to Christopher?
(a) The number of books sold.
(b) Maps for the books.
(c) Advertisements for the books.
(d) The number of books printed.

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

3. As displayed in Letter #257, what is the connection between Tolkien's childhood and his later years?
(a) His education.
(b) His fascination with Elves.
(c) His writing.
(d) His enjoyment of stories.

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

5. What does Tolkien think drives humans towards certain behaviors?
(a) They are driven by their education and culture.
(b) They are driven by circumstances as well as other things.
(c) They are driven exclusively by circumstances.
(d) They are driven by the people around them.

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

7. In his letter to D. Auden in "<i>The Lord of the Rings</i> 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 fan of the story as a child.
(d) The publisher was a childhood friend of his.

8. How does Tolkien describe Gandalf in Letter #246?
(a) Misunderstood.
(b) Powerless.
(c) Powerful.
(d) Misguided.

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

10. What type of good news does Tolkien preview in Letter #185?
(a) Personal.
(b) Financial.
(c) Financial and personal.
(d) Neither financial nor personal.

11. How does Tolkien expect the publisher to respond to his opinions of the cover designs?
(a) He thinks they will agree with his opinion.
(b) He thinks they will ignore his opinion.
(c) He thinks they will appreciate his opinion, but not act on it.
(d) He thinks they will become upset by reading his opinion.

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

13. How heroic does Tolkien think Frodo is in Letter #246?
(a) He does not think that Frodo is a hero.
(b) He thinks that Frodo is a hero.
(c) He thinks that Frodo is only heroic in two situations.
(d) He thinks that Frodo is mostly a hero, but not fully.

14. What does Tolkien wish for "well-meaning folk who think they know" in Letter #236?
(a) They could be appreciated.
(b) They could be reasoned with.
(c) They could be listened to.
(d) They could be restrained.

15. In what year does Tolkien write about a piece of fan mail that boosts his spirits in "The Final Letters"?
(a) 1967.
(b) 1968.
(c) 1965.
(d) 1970.

Short Answer Questions

1. What year does Tolkien write a long letter to Jane Neave that is included in "Later Years"?

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

3. How does Tolkien sign Letter #165?

4. In what year is Letter #253 written?

5. What is the main subject of Letters #146, 147, and 148?

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