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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Lewis, what is the impact of not praying on a particular subject?

2. What was the audience for the lecture transcribe in Part I, Essay 10, "Christian Apologetics"?

3. The terms prayer books often use to describe personal feelings would best be described as which of the following?

4. Lewis emphasizes what about the evils of World War II?

5. Lewis admits that his earlier writing about the pain of animals was which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Lewis' writings in Part I, Essay 19, "What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ", what possible contradiction makes it difficult to discount the miracles associated with the life of Jesus?

2. Explain the distinction that Lewis makes between thinking and imagining.

3. What argument does Lewis make to suggest that science incapable of invalidating religion?

4. What is an "animal stage"?

5. How are schoolboys taught Christianity in England?

6. What does Lewis believe about the roles of suffering and discomfort in Christianity?

7. Explain the way that Lewis states that probability judgments of events in Christianity should be made?

8. Why does Lewis believe that the gospels are not legend?

9. Why does the answering of prayers not always necessitate supernatural intervention?

10. What is the theory of dualism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lewis recognizes the supreme importance of a human being's right to pursue happiness, but he loudly opposes anyone's explicit right to happiness itself.

1) Discuss the concepts of a "right to happiness" and a "right to pursue happiness" according to Lewis, and explain their differences.

2) Explain Lewis opinion regarding the importance of the right to pursue happiness within a free, democratic, and capitalist society.

3) Explain the way that Lewis believes that attempting to guarantee a right to happiness will lead inexorably to severe social problems.

Essay Topic 2

Lewis discusses the arguments that many have made, believing that females should be allowed to serve the Christian church as priests. He suggests that this reform has been enacted in very few denominations for good reasons, and he cites practical and theological reasons to advise against it.

1) Discuss some of the practical difficulties that Lewis brings up regarding allowing women to serve as priests, and the theological basis behind this restriction.

2) Explain the arguments that Lewis explains that speak in favor of allowing females to serve as priests.

3) Using Lewis' predictions and warnings, speculate about what the consequences would be for a major denomination within Christianity to allow females to serve as priests.

Essay Topic 3

Bulverism is the flawed argumentative technique of assuming that the opponent is wrong and then merely explaining how that person came to that flawed belief. Although this technique may sway audiences, and even cause a person to question their beliefs, it does nothing to determine the relative truth of an issue.

1) Explain the concept of Bulverism, how it is employed, and why it is flawed as a method of argument.

2) Discuss some of the common uses of Bulverism in debate, including a discussion of particular subjects that are especially vulnerable to this type of attack.

3) Speculate as to why a person might resort to Bulverism, and whether or not one who argues in this way is arguing honestly and in good faith.

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