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Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but the day also marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of famed authors C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley.

Test your knowledge of these three historical giants with this quiz.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — penned a best-selling book?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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D. All of the above

John F. Kennedy's book, "Profiles in Courage," won a Pulitzer Prize in 1957 in the "Biography or Autobiography" category. It explored courageous acts performed by John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, Sam Houston, Edmund G. Ross, Lucius Lamar, George Norris and Robert A. Taft.

Aldous Huxley wrote a number of novels including "Crome Yellow," Antic Hay" and "After Many a Summer Dies the Swan," but he is most recognized for his novel, "Brave New World," which explores the horrors of a dystopian future.

C.S. Lewis penned books like, "The Screwtape Letters," "Mere Christianity" and the Space Trilogy. His bestselling series, "The Chronicles of Narnia," is considered a classic, with the final book of the series, "The Last Battle," winning a Carnegie Medal. "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Prince Caspian" and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" have been adapted into movies, while "The Silver Chair was recently announced as the next slated for a theatrical release.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — taught George Orwell at Eton?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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C. Aldous Huxley

Huxley was hired as a teacher at Eton, a secondary school in Britain, on Sept. 18, 1917. While there, he taught a pupil named Eric Blair, who later wrote the novels "1984" and "Animal Farm" under the name of George Orwell.

In a 1949 letter to George Orwell, Huxley said that he felt "that the nightmare of '1984' is destined to modulate into the nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined in 'Brave New World'."

>> In this 1963 photo, an Eton student stands in the school's main quadrangle.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — died first on November 22, 1963?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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A. C.S. Lewis

According to a Deseret News article by Eric Schulzke, "President John F. Kennedy was aboard Air Force One between Fort Worth and Dallas when the famed Christian apologist C.S. Lewis died of kidney failure in his brother's arms in Oxford, England. An hour later, at 12:30 p.m. in Dallas, a sniper sent Kennedy out the same exit."

Huxley, in Los Angeles, died of throat cancer later that day.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — was exempted from military service and did not serve in a war?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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C. Aldous Huxley

Huxley was exempted from military service due to near-blindness that was the result of an eye infection, according to a lengthy Daily Best profile of all three men.

John F. Kennedy served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, achieving the rank of lieutenant. He was awarded a Purple Heart, as well as the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.

C.S. Lewis enlisted in the British army during World War I, was wounded in 1918 and was discharged in December 1919.

>> British novelist and essayist Aldous Huxley is photographed in Feb. 1938 at an unknown location.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — was originally an atheist before becoming a Christian?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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A. C.S. Lewis

Lewis "lapsed into atheism" in his teens, his Encyclopedia Britannica entry says, but in 1929 Lewis said he "gave in and admitted that God was God," becoming "the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England."

Gaining a knowledge of God's existence was one thing for Lewis, but coming to know Jesus Christ as his savior was another. He later told of a 1931 journey to the Whipsnade Zoo in which his conversion to Christianity became complete.

"We started in fog, but by the end of our journey the sun was shining," Lewis wrote. "When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and when we reached the zoo I did. I had not exactly spent the journey in thought. Nor in great emotion. It was more like when a man, after a long sleep, becomes aware that he is now awake."

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — had a brother who was knighted?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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C. Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley's older brother Julian Huxley was a biologist, philosopher, educator and author among other things, his Encyclopedia Britannica entry states. He was knighted in 1958.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — did not lose his mother at a young age?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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B. John F. Kennedy

Both Huxley and Lewis lost their mothers in 1908, when Huxley was 14 and Lewis was 9.

Lewis wrote in his book, "Surprised by Joy," that his mother's death "settled all happiness," and that "all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life."

According to a Daily Beast profile, Nicholas Murray, who wrote, "Aldous Huxley: An English Intellectual," said that Huxley's well-documented drug experimentation likely centered around the "trauma of his mother's early death."

>> Mrs. Rose Kennedy, John F. Kennedy's mother, waves to delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles on July 13, 1960. Rose Kennedy died in 1995.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — came from a family of nine children?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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B. John F. Kennedy

Rose and Joseph Kennedy had nine children. They were Joseph Jr., John (JFK), Rose Marie, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Robert (RFK), Jean and Ted Kennedy.

Joseph Jr. was killed during World War II when his airplane exploded. According to the JFK library website, "(JFK) had considered becoming a teacher or a writer, but with Joe's tragic death, suddenly everything changed."

Related: Defining moments from John F. Kennedy's life

>> Joseph Kennedy, then the United States Ambassador to London, and Mrs. Kennedy, with their children, photographed as they left the Vatican City on March 20, 1939.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — was drawn to Buddhism?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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C. Aldous Huxley

Huxley was "a worldly intellectual drawn to Buddhist mysticism," Eric Schulzke wrote for the Deseret News Thursday.

"In 1945, Huxley wrote 'The Perennial Philosophy,' with the excerpts of classic texts ranging from Eastern Hinduism and Buddhism to mystical elements of Islam and early Christianity — an effort to synthesize a common core of faith," Schulzke wrote.

>> Aldous Huxley and his wife Laura Archera are pictured in their home in Hollywood on March 27, 1956.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — was good friends with "Lord of the Rings" author J.R.R. Tolkien?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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A. C.S. Lewis

In Bruce Edwards' book, "C.S. Lewis: An Examined Life" — the first volume in a four-volume set — he wrote that Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien met in May 1926.

"After the meeting Lewis said that he had been warned never to trust a Catholic or a philologist, and Tolkien was both," Edwards wrote. "They soon became good friends, primarily because they both loved good talk and a shared administration for northernness or Norse mythology."

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>> This is a 1967 photo of author J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — was born in Ireland?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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A. C.S. Lewis

Lewis was born on November 29, 1898, in Belfast, Ireland.

Aldous Huxley was born on July 29, 1894, in Godalming, Surrey, England.

Although he was America's first Irish-Catholic president, Kennedy was born in the United States on May 29, 1917, in Massachusetts.

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>> C. S. Lewis

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — is being honored with a plaque in Westminster Abbey today?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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A. C.S. Lewis

Friday, on the 50th anniversary of his death, Lewis is set to be honored with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.

Geoffrey Chaucer was the first poet to be buried in the South Transept of Westminster Abbey in honor of his government service, but with the 1599 burial of poet Edmund Spenser, the tradition of burial or commemoration for poets or writers began.

People like Tennyson, Robert Browning and Charles Dickens are buried in Westminster Abbey, while others like William Wordsworth, T.S. Eliot, Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte are memorialized.

Related: A week of commemorating C. S. Lewis begins with a BBC broadcast from his local church

>> Westminster Abbey, in London, on April 12, 1939. The circular building in the foreground is the old Chapter house, while to the right between the twin towers of the Abbey can be seen the dome of Central Hall, and in the top left hand corner can just be discerned the white Victoria Memorial that stands outside Buckingham Palace.

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — is credited with saving the lives of three men?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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B. John F. Kennedy

A 1943 Associated Press story stated that after a Japanese destroyer smashed into Kennedy's PT-109, "three men . . . credited the 27-year-old Kennedy with saving their lives."

According to the JFK library website, Kennedy helped crewmates Patrick McMahon and Charles Harris reach land, and ordered his men to locate and help each other as well. They were rescued a few days later.

Related: Defining moments from John F. Kennedy's life

>> Lieutenant John F. Kennedy, right, and his PT-109 crew are shown somewhere in the South Pacific, July 1943.

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Of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — whose death dominated headlines on Nov. 22, 1963?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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B. John F. Kennedy

"Virtually no one on 22 November 1963 realized — and relatively few realize even now — that that day also saw the departure of two other major figures, who were also world-shapers in their very different ways," John Garth wrote at The Daily Beast on Nov. 3. "The deaths of Lewis and Huxley were mute, private events, only reported in The Times three days later."

"The assassination that day of President Kennedy overshadowed all other news," Allan Massie wrote in October at the Telegraph. "Commemoration of JFK on the 50th anniversary of the assassination next month will have the same effect, wall-to-wall coverage in the newspapers, on TV, radio and the social media. Huxley and Lewis may again struggle to get a look-in."

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Which of these three men — C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy or Aldous Huxley — is featured in Boston College philosophy professor Peter Kreeft's book, “Between Heaven and Hell"?

A. C.S. Lewis

B. John F. Kennedy

C. Aldous Huxley

D. All of the above

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D. All of the above

Peter Kreeft's book, "Between Heaven and Hell," is billed as a "dialogue somewhere beyond death with John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley."

The book, according to John Garth at The Daily Beast, contains a Socratic dialogue where "Lewis represents 'mere Christianity.' Kennedy modern humanism and Huxley 'Eastern pantheism.'"

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