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Author - C S Lewis
The Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland partly inspired Lewis' Narnia Chronicles.

Author - C S Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast in 1898. Though educated in England, the landscape and culture of Northern Ireland always held a special place in his heart. In 1917 Lewis volunteered for the British Army and served in the trenches in World War One. Six months later he was wounded and returned to England. There he studied at Oxford University and 1925 he became Tutor in English Literature at Magdalen College.

Lewis became friends with fellow tutor and novelist J. R. R. Tolkien, whose influence led him to a conversion from atheism to Christianity. This became an important part of his life and he is almost as famous a theologian as he is an author. His most well-known works are The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy.

In 1956, life-long bachelor Lewis married Joy Davidman. She died of cancer four years later at the age of 45. Lewis himself died in 1963, one week before his 65th birthday.

How well do you know the life and works of C.S. Lewis? Test yourself in this fun quiz!

1.
How many novels did Lewis write in his Chronicles of Narnia series?
4
5
6
7
The first was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The last was The Last Battle
2.
What was the title of Lewis's 1938 science fiction novel, the first in his Space Trilogy?
Out of the Shadowy Planet
Out of the Secret Planet
Out of the Silent Planet
Out of the Silver Planet
The other two books in the trilogy are Perelandra and That Hideous Strength
3.
Lewis was born in 1898 in which city?
Belfast
Cardiff
Dublin
Edinburgh
When Lewis was seven, his family moved into "Little Lea", in the Strandtown area of East Belfast
4.
What is the name of the lion in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
Aslan
Eslan
Islan
Oslan
Aslan is the only character to appear in all of the Narnia books
5.
What is the title of Lewis's 1945 fantasy novel?
The Great Depression
The Great Desert
The Great Divide
The Great Divorce
The book is a reflection on the Christian conception of Heaven and Hell. Its title comes from William Blake's poem The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
6.
What were Lewis's Christian names?
Clive Samuel
Clive Staples
Colin Samuel
Colin Staples
Lewis was known to his friends as Jack, after his pet dog Jacksie who was run over by a car when Lewis was four
7.
Who provided the voice of the lion in the 2005 film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?
Hugh Grant
Liam Neeson
Bill Nighy
Ray Winstone
Ray Winstone provided the voice of Mr Beaver
8.
What is the tile of Lewis's first published work, a 1919 collection of poems?
Ghosts in Bondage
Men in Bondage
Spirits in Bondage
Women in Bondage
Spirits in Bondage was originally published under the pen name Clive Hamilton. This was Lewis' first name and his mother's maiden name
9.
What is the name of the prince in the title of the second book that was published in the Chronicles of Narnia series?
Prince Caspar
Prince Caspian
Prince Cassius
Prince Castilian
The book was originally published as Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
10.
What is the surname of the four children who feature in The Chronicles of Narnia?
Perkins
Pevensie
Pirbright
Purbeck
They are Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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