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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Lewis believe that the world must place first in order to best understand itself?
(a) The transcendent.
(b) Logical thought.
(c) Religion.
(d) Reason.

2. What philosopher does Lewis quote in Part IV, Letter 12, "Capital Punishment and Death Penalty"?
(a) Leibniz.
(b) Demosthenes.
(c) Aristotle.
(d) Trotsky.

3. The philosopher J.J.C. Smart distinguishes between whether an institution of moral rules is a good and idea and what?
(a) Whether it can be implemented.
(b) What is ordained by faith.
(c) What is just.
(d) One's own moral beliefs.

4. What does Lewis see as being wrong about the arguments of those who wish to abolish the death penalty?
(a) They have no logical basis for their claims.
(b) They argue in bad faith.
(c) They imply their opponents have unworthy motivations.
(d) They don't recognize the importance of deterrence.

5. Lewis attributes most of the reduction in church attendance in England to what?
(a) Secular government.
(b) Materialism.
(c) The lack of a central authority for the Church of England.
(d) The lack of laws for compulsory attendance.

6. In the analogy that Lewis uses in Part II, Essay 6, "Meditation in a Toolshed", how can humans observe the "sun" directly?
(a) Through religious doctrine.
(b) Through divine inspiration.
(c) By setting aside prior commitments.
(d) It is impossible.

7. Who was the father of St John the Baptist?
(a) Simon of Galilee.
(b) Zacharias.
(c) Cyrus.
(d) Saul.

8. Overall, Lewis feels that vivisection should be treated in what way?
(a) It should be free from criticism.
(b) It should be criticized.
(c) It should be continued.
(d) It should be outlawed.

9. According to Lewis, why can the church not treat people at "neuters", as does the state?
(a) It deals directly with life and death.
(b) Men have a special role in the bible.
(c) Only women can create new life.
(d) It is a mystical body.

10. Lewis credits the work of what famous thinker with causing rational people to be concerned mainly with why things are true, rather than whether or not they are true?
(a) Freud.
(b) Descartes
(c) Kant.
(d) Hume.

11. How does Lewis regard scientific progress?
(a) It is usually wrong.
(b) It is always good.
(c) It is neutral.
(d) It is nearly always bad.

12. What is Lewis' opinion about most Christian writing?
(a) It is bad.
(b) It is inaccurate.
(c) It is not aggressive enough.
(d) It is not persuasive enough.

13. Most female spiritual leaders in the Old Testament were which of the following?
(a) Prophets.
(b) Rabbis.
(c) Priests.
(d) Judges.

14. What problem does Lewis identify in the English justice system with regard to victims?
(a) Victims are not allowed to be present at convictions.
(b) Victims are not allowed to directly testify.
(c) Victims are protected less than the criminals.
(d) Victims are given no status in English culture.

15. What qualities does Lewis ascribe to the King James Version of the bible?
(a) Beauty and solemnity.
(b) Truth and insight.
(c) Wordiness and inaccuracy.
(d) Brevity and concision.

Short Answer Questions

1. Lewis argues that the character of Christianity suggests what type of a role for God?

2. One theory about ethics and philosophy is that they grew out of what?

3. What does Lewis advise translators not to do in creating modern translations of the bible?

4. What does Lewis believe about the story of Jesus turning water into wine?

5. What is the attitude of Christianity towards self-love?

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