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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 connect with children and adults.
(b) The publisher was a childhood friend of his.
(c) The stories have the ability to transcend time periods.
(d) The publisher was a fan of the story as a child.

4. When is Letter #159 dated?
(a) July 30, 1953.
(b) October 30, 1956.
(c) March 3, 1955.
(d) April 3, 1954.

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

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

7. 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 write a sequel to The Lord of the Rings.
(c) As an attempt to rewrite The Lord of the Rings.
(d) As a reference to Tolkien.

8. As mentioned in a letter to Unwin, how had Tolkien previously responded to the warning about his friendship with C.S. Lewis?
(a) He began talking with C.S. Lewis' other friends.
(b) He misinterpreted the warning.
(c) He did not take the warning seriously.
(d) He stopped talking with C.S. Lewis.

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

10. Who is Tolkien replying to in Letter #246?
(a) Christopher.
(b) Edith.
(c) Mrs. Eileen Elgar.
(d) Rayner Unwin.

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

12. Besides his publisher, who else does Tolkien give credit to for his literary success in his letter to D. Auden?
(a) A nun and a former teacher.
(b) A nun and a former student.
(c) A former teacher and a former student.
(d) A nun, a former teacher, and a former student.

13. How does Tolkien respond to C.S. Lewis' use of the name Numenor in one of his stories?
(a) He is curious.
(b) He is offended.
(c) He is delighted.
(d) He is confused.

14. According to Tolkien in Letter #246, what would have happened if Gandalf wore the ring?
(a) He would have been the same as Sauron.
(b) He would have been worse than Sauron.
(c) He would have been better than Sauron.
(d) Tolkien is not sure.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is Tolkien's age when he writes Letter #253?

3. Based on Tolkien's letter to W.H. Auden, who is responsible for shaping an individual's behavior?

4. How does Tolkien consider Frodo's breakdown in Letter #246?

5. As mentioned in Letter #246, where is Frodo unable to give up the Ring?

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