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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. In the response Lewis writes in Part IV, Letter 1, "The Conditions for a Just War", what does Lewis question about the theologians who originally wrote about the conditions for a just war?

2. In the analogy that Lewis uses in Part II, Essay 6, "Meditation in a Toolshed", how can humans observe the "sun" directly?

3. Lewis recommends that Christians regard rulers in what way?

4. Lewis believes that sexual permissiveness will eventually result an a society unfriendly to what group?

5. Which of the following best states Lewis' opinion on a Christian political party?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Lewis' writings in Part II, Essay 15, "Before We Can Communicate", what challenges do Christians face in dealing with non-believing Englishmen?

2. Why is Lewis opposed to the commercialism of Christmas?

3. What is Bulverism?

4. What reasons does Lewis give to support the idea of women serving as priests?

5. According to Lewis, how might vivisection be justified?

6. Explain some of the problems that Lewis sees as challenges to Christianity in England.

7. Why does Lewis believe that a therapeutic approach to crime will lead to tyranny?

8. Why does Lewis find it important for everyone to read older texts?

9. What theological reasons does Lewis give to reject the idea of women serving as priests?

10. Why does Lewis reject the creation of a Christian political party?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

According to Lewis and the scholars he shares correspondence with, suffering appears to be nearly universal in the world. It is not difficult to find human suffering, even in wealthy first-world nations, and animals suffer both in the wild and in human captivity. These scholars agree that the problem of suffering is a significant and important one for Christians, who believe that God is loving and moreover, pure good.

1) Explain the argument that some use to explain how suffering shows that the Christian God does not exist.

2) Describe the counter-arguments made by Lewis and others on this subject, to show that suffering may be an important and necessary component of the world.

3) Assess whether or not suffering is inherently evil, and which position this quality of suffering supports.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis suggests that Christmas is the most important spiritual holiday in the year for many Christians. However, he complains that it has been co-opted by commercial interests, a phenomenon that he views as destructive and undesirable in many respects.

1) Discuss the commercial impact of Christmas according to Lewis and use his arguments to assess whether or not the commercial aspects of the holiday have a net positive or negative impact on the wider culture that they occur in.

2) Discuss Lewis opinion about the impact that the commercialization of Christmas has on Christians and their observance of this important holiday.

3) Summarize the unusual arguments that Lewis puts forward to denounce the commercialization of Christmas.

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