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

2. Lewis points out that the question of being good without being a Christian should be applied to which of the following?

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

4. Why should the Gospels not be considered legend?

5. Apologetics is best described as which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Joad argue in his original 1941 article, "Evil and God"?

2. What is the problem with relying only on experience according to Lewis' argument in Part I, Essay 2, "Miracles"?

3. According to Lewis, what distinction does Christianity carry, compared to other religions?

4. Why does Lewis believe that philosophy alone is insufficient for faith?

5. What is the theory of dualism?

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

7. What are the problems with dualism, according to Lewis?

8. What is the purpose of the prayer books according to Lewis?

9. 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?

10. According to Lewis, how are laws of nature, causes, events, and the creator related?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Punishment is of major interest to Lewis. He believes strongly in punishment based on "deserts" and believes that the type of punishment a society metes out can have a profound impact on its character and future.

1) Discuss the nature and importance of punishment according to Lewis. What are its aims, and why must it exist in a civilized society?

2) Explain how Lewis believes the concept of punishment is related to the concept of repentance. Detail any similarities between the two.

3) Describe some of the types of punishment that Lewis discusses in the book and explain how he believes these types of punishments will shape the society that practices them.

Essay Topic 2

The theory of humanitarian punishment emphasizes rehabilitation and therapy for criminals. Although many can empathize with this approach, Lewis contends that there are significant practical problems that it can lead to.

1) Explain the humanitarian theory of punishment and how it differs from traditional method of punishment. What type of punishment would most criminals prefer to have brought against them?

2) Discuss some of the reasons that Lewis gives to explain why the humanitarian theory is embraced and supported. What apparent advantages does it have?

3) Explain in detail Lewis' argument against this approach to punishment, and describe the problems that he associates with it.

Essay Topic 3

Although he is not primarily concerned with politics, the subject is unavoidable, and Lewis discusses the relationship between Christianity and politics in several different ways throughout the book.

1) Explain the unusual connection between church and state that existed in England during Lewis' time.

2) Discuss Lewis' opinions about compulsory religious activity forced on citizens by the state. Provide and explain some examples from the book.

3) Many have called for Christians to form a political party. Explain the argument Lewis uses to reject these concept.

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