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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 Mrs. Drijver.
(c) Mrs. Drijver and Hugo Dyson.
(d) Professor Forster and Hugo Dyson.

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

3. What does Tolkien think children can become for their parents?
(a) A chance to correct their own mistakes.
(b) One of the strongest sources of information.
(c) A chance to relive their lives.
(d) One of the strongest sources of support.

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

5. What is Tolkien's age when he writes Letter #253?
(a) He is in his sixties.
(b) He is in his eighties.
(c) He is in his seventies.
(d) He is in his nineties.

Short Answer Questions

1. How heroic does Tolkien think Frodo is in Letter #246?

2. According to Tolkien in Letter #257, what prevents people from having children?

3. In what year does Tolkien write about a piece of fan mail that boosts his spirits in "The Final Letters"?

4. Besides his publisher, who else does Tolkien give credit to for his literary success in his letter to D. Auden?

5. When is Letter #246, about Gandalf and the Ring, written?

Short Essay Questions

1. What issues is Tolkien having with the cover images for The Lord of the Rings books and how does he handle the situation?

2. Who is Tolkien writing to when he predicts what would happen if Gandalf had worn the Ring, and what is his prediction?

3. What does Tolkien think about Frodo's breakdown at the Cracks of Doom being considered a moral failure?

4. What observation is made about Tolkien's work that prompts him to evaluate Frodo's heroic status?

5. How did being a father help Tolkien in writing one of his most well known stories, The Hobbit?

6. How does Tolkien address the name Numenor in Letter #227?

7. As Tolkien explains in his letter to Unwin, why is the work of C.S. Lewis opposed by some?

8. What is the general range in lengths of the letters featured in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien?

9. What information does Tolkien provide in his remembrance of C.S. Lewis in Letters #257 and #261?

10. How does Tolkien disprove the misconception that his success was made overnight in Letter #159?

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