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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. What is one reason Lewis gives in support of women serving as priests?

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

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

4. Who was the father of St John the Baptist?

5. Lewis disagrees with what common response to crime?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Lewis' opinion about Christian literature?

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

4. What kind of compulsions does Lewis argue against?

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

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

7. Explain one example of the problem with trying too hard to look at a problem "behind the scenes".

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

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

10. According to Lewis' writings in Part II, Essay 2, "Two Ways with the Self", what apparent contradiction exists in Christianity regarding self-love, and how is it resolved?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The title essay of the book expresses Lewis' misgivings about the way that modern man approach the subject of God. Many, especially Materialists, attempt to place God in judgment.

1) Explain what Lewis means by the statement that modern men judge God. Explain the typical judgments that are laid against the Christian God.

2) Discuss the way that Lewis believes the subject of God should be approached.

3) Speculate as to how modern mindsets such as individuality and scientific reasoning contribute to what Lewis views as a flawed approach to the subject of God.

Essay Topic 2

National repentance is the phenomenon of a nation's citizens feeling as if they must each personally atone for the wrongs of the nation as a whole. Although this guilt and the consequent repentance often makes people feel good, Lewis argues that it is undesirable and dangerous.

1) Explain the concept of national repentance and why it was prominent in Lewis' time.

2) Discuss the positive aspects that Lewis believes national repentance can bring about and what it is intended to achieve.

3) Discuss the problems that Lewis sees in national repentance. Explain how it can act as a distraction from real spiritual matters, and detail Lewis' arguments against it.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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