How much do you know about the life and literature of C.S. Lewis? (50 items)

James Conlee, Deseret News

Nov. 14, 2013

Nov. 22, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. What often gets lost in the historical conversation is that C. S. Lewis died the same day. As part of this year's anniversary, Lewis is set to be memorialized in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey.

For some people, their knowledge of C.S. Lewis begins and ends with The Chronicles of Narnia. For others, their love may start with a simple quote but evolve to encompass everything from BBC Radio addresses to Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Lewis in “Shadowlands.”

If you are one of the devotees who knows the original boyhood name of his magical land of talking creatures (Boxen), then, like Reepicheep battling Eustace, defend your honor with our quiz of all things Clive Staples Lewis.

(Even if Narnia is all you know, click through to expand your understanding.)

1 of 50. Question 1

Where was C.S. Lewis born?

A — Oxford, England

B — Belfast, Ireland

C — Cardiff, Wales

D — Aberdeen. Scotland

2 of 50. Answer

B — Belfast, Ireland

Lewis was born Nov. 29, 1898, to Albert and Florence Lewis.

3 of 50. Question 2

What was his nickname?

A — Clive

B — CS

C — Jack

D — Lewey

4 of 50. Answer

C — Jack

At the age of 4, after the death of his beloved dog Jacksie, Lewis adopted his name and would eventually be called Jack by friends and family.

5 of 50. Question 3

Which Harry Potter character is rumored to be named after a character from The Chronicles of Narnia?

A — Rubeus Hagrid

B — Barty Crouch

C — Luna Lovegood

D — Cedric Diggory
1. TMR
Los Angeles, CA,
Nov. 15, 2013

Thanks for the fun quiz! Dined last year at the Eagle and Child during meetings at the university. It was a meaningful experience.

2. OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA,
Nov. 15, 2013

Wow! Thank you! What a generous article. I never grew up hearing a peep about CS in the church or at BYU, even though an Honors Student majoring in Humanities & Literature. Maybe it would have been in my senior year, which I didn't make...

All the same, thank you again for showcasing this theological and literary (Biblical, historical) Christian scholar.

3. BevWel
Grants Pass, OR,
Nov. 16, 2013

Thank you for this great quiz of one of my favorite authors and people. I am amazed at what I did not know but reminded of what I do know about this great Christian man. It has surprised me how many LDS General Authorities have quoted from him.

4. Brother Dave
Livermore, CA,
Nov. 20, 2013

To: OnlytheCross,

C.S. Lewis is often quoted in LDS circles and BYU. As BevWel stated, C.S. Lewis is often
quoted in LDS Conference sessions by a number of LDS General Authorities. I remember in the 1970's being encouraged to read the "Screwtape Letters" by the Director of the LDS Institute
of Religion which is located on the entrance road to the University of California, Riverside

The LDS facination with the legacy left by C.S. is at least 40 or more years. There was a documentary on the BYU/tv channel a few years ago that had BYU Religion professors visiting Oxford, England and doing an in depth study of C.S. Lewis' life and his writings.
The whole program was about C.S. Lewis.

One could say that C.S. is a "cross over" Christian Writer crossing over into many of the different Christian denominational belief systems, including the LDS.