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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.)

Question 1
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Where was C.S. Lewis born?

A — Oxford, England

B — Belfast, Ireland

C — Cardiff, Wales

D — Aberdeen. Scotland

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B — Belfast, Ireland

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

Question 2
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What was his nickname?

A — Clive

B — CS

C — Jack

D — Lewey

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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.

Question 3
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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

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D — Cedric Diggory

J.K. Rowling has said in interviews that she was hugely influenced by Narnia as a child. Cedric is rumored to be named after Digory Kirke.

Question 4
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How old was he when his mother died and he began to disbelieve in God?

A — 7

B — 9

C — 11

D — 13

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B - 9

Flora Hamilton Lewis died of cancer in 1908 on her husband’s birthday, August 23.

Question 5
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Which book in the Narnia series did a ’90s Australian rock band take its name from?

A — The Silver Chair

B — The Last Battle

C — The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

D — Prince Caspian

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A — The Silver Chair

The alternative rock band Innocent Criminals changed its name in 1994 to Silverchair and has since sold 8 million records worldwide.

Question 6
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During his service in World War I, how was he injured?

A — Friendly fire

B — German artillery

C — Training exercise

D — Bus crash

Answer
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A — Friendly fire

On April 15, 1918, two of his fellow soldiers were killed and Lewis was injured by a British shell that landed short of its target.

Question 7
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What is the name of Screwtape’s nephew in "The Screwtape Letters"?

A — Siouxsie

B — Banshee

C — Loki

D — Wormwood

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D — Wormwood

He was named after a star mentioned in the Bible — Revelations 8:11.

Question 8
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Which wartime friend did Lewis promise that he would look after his family should he die?

A — Owen Barfield

B — Arthur Greeves

C — Paddy Moore

D — Hugo Dyson

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C — Paddy Moore

In army training, Lewis shared a room with Edward “Paddy” Moore and made a mutual pact that if either died, they would look after the other’s family.

Paddy was killed the next year during the war, and Lewis then cared for Paddy’s mother, Jane, until her death in 1951.

Question 9
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What was the name of his boyhood home in East Belfast?

A — Boxen

B — The Kilns

C — Underhill

D — Little Lea

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D — Little Lea

In 1905, the Lewis family moved to their new home in the Strandtown area of Belfast.

Question 10
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What city’s name, translated into Latin, was the inspiration for the name Narnia?

A — Nairn, U.K.

B — Narni, Italy

C — Nernier, France

D — Nörning, Austria

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B — Narni, Italy

Lewis once showed Walter Hooper an atlas of ancient Italy containing the town of Narni, written as Narnia in Latin. He had underlined the name because he liked the sound of it.

Question 11
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Which Oscar winner starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the C.S. Lewis biopic “Shadowlands”?

A — Jodie Foster

B — Meryl Streep

C — Debra Winger

D — Sally Field

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C — Debra Winger

In 1993, Winger portrayed his wife and Anthony Hopkins portrayed Lewis after having famously won his Oscar in the previous year for portraying Hannibal Lector in “Silence of the Lambs.”

Question 12
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What was the nickname of his childhood tutor William T. Kirkpatrick?

A — The Great Knock

B — Paddy

C — The Old Bill

D — Malvern

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A — The Great Knock

After preparatory school, he studied privately with William T. Kirkpatrick, his father’s former tutor.

Question 13
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What is the name of the main horse in “The Horse and His Boy”?

A — Hwinny

B — Bree

C — Aravis

D — Shasta

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B — Bree

He is a noble man’s horse that surprises a young boy named Shasta by talking to him. They then embark on an adventure together.

Question 14
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What is the real name of the White Witch from “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”?

A — Charn

B — Tash

C — Lilith

D — Jadis

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D — Jadis

She is commonly referred to as the White Witch, but her origin is as Queen Jadis of Charn from “The Magician’s Nephew.”

Question 15
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What was the original format that later became the book “Mere Christianity”?

A — Radio talks

B — Serialized columns

C — Letters to friends

D — Sermons

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A — Radio talks

The book was adapted from popular BBC radio addresses made during World War II.

Question 16
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What is the name of the pub that Lewis and his circle of writing friends would frequent in Oxford?

A — The Lamb and Flag

B — The Horse and Hound

C — The Bird and Baby

D — The Eagle and Child

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C — The Bird and Baby

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D — The Eagle and Child

The Bird and Baby was the slang name for The Eagle and Child, where Lewis and his literati friends would meet weekly.

Question 17
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What is the name of the group that met weekly at The Eagle and Child that included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Hugo Dyson and others?

A — The Literati

B — The Half-Writs

C — The Inklings

D — The Collegium

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C — The Inklings

Referring to themselves as The Inklings, Lewis and his other writer friends would meet to share a pint and read their own and others' new writings.

Question 18
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What mythical animal does Eustace Scrubb turn into in “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”?

A — Dragon

B — Unicorn

C — Pegasus

D — Centaur

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A — Dragon

After witnessing a dragon dying, Eustace climbs onto its enchanted treasure. He falls asleep thinking greedy dragon thoughts and wakes up to find that he has become one.

Question 19
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In “The Last Battle,” what animal is persuaded by the ape Shift to impersonate Aslan?

A — Ape

B — Donkey

C — Tiger

D — Horse

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B — Donkey

Shift puts on a ruse by talking a simple donkey named Puzzle into impersonating Aslan.

Question 20
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What other famous author died the same day as C.S. Lewis (and John F. Kennedy)?

A — Ernest Hemingway

B — Jack Kerouac

C — J.D. Salinger

D — Aldous Huxley

Answer
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D — Aldous Huxley

Famous for his book “Brave New World,” Huxley, like Lewis, attended Oxford University. He died the same day after having suffered for years with laryngeal cancer.

Question 21
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What was the name of C.S. Lewis’ wife?

A — Lucy

B — Susan

C — Polly

D — Joy

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D — Joy

Lewis and the poet Joy Davidman Gresham were married on April 23, 1956. Like Lewis, Joy was a writer and a convert to Christianity from atheism.

Question 22
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At which college within the University of Oxford was Lewis a Fellow and Tutor?

A — All Souls

B — Balliol

C — Magdalen

D — Trinity

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C — Magdalen

Upon leaving Oxford toward the end of his life, Lewis also taught in the Magdalen College at the University of Cambridge.

Question 23
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After his conversion to Christianity, of which denomination did Lewis become a member?

A — Anglican

B — Church of Ireland

C — Catholicism

D — Mormonism

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A — Anglican

Much to the chagrin of his Catholic friend J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis most often attended the Anglican Church, although he frequently referred to "The Church" as encompassing all denominations of Christianity.

Question 24
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Which books were written first?

A — The Chronicles of Narnia

B — The Space Trilogy

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B — The Space Trilogy

Completed in 1945 (four years before he began to write about Narnia), this series is lesser known but has a loyal readership.

Question 25
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Where is C.S. Lewis buried?

A — The Kilns

B — Poets’ Corner, Westminster Abbey

C — Magdalen Cathedral, Oxford

D — Holy Trinity Church, Oxford

Answer
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D — Holy Trinity Church, Oxford

Located close to his home, The Kilns, his grave is right next to that of his older brother, Warnie, who died 10 years later.