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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 clergyman whom Lewis encountered and conversed with concerning the validity of statements made by those who believed that their mother country had the most beautiful women and the most heroic men was from which of the following countries?

2. According to Lewis, all countries have historical facts that cause their citizens to feel which of the following ways?

3. Dirt, writes Lewis in the introduction to his book, is clean as long as it remains on the ground, and not on which of the following?

4. Affection can transcend education, gender, social class, and which of the following?

5. According to Lewis, which of the following is the "safest" type of love?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two categories that the author divides all love types into as he begins his discussion on the subject of love?

2. Describe the love-related warning that the author issues to the reader.

3. What interesting observation does the author write about in relation to a friend becoming an "old friend"?

4. How does the author manage to incorporate patriotism into a book that is supposed to be focused on love?

5. How does the author contradict the widely-accepted belief concerning verification of the theological proposition?

6. What term does the author use to describe the event in which love is allowed to grow too far out of bounds, and problems arise that ultimately result in the takeover of a person's life?

7. Why, based on the author's assertions, do people not want foreigners to take over the governance of their country?

8. What is one way that the author exemplifies "need love"?

9. What does the author clarify adult feelings for "need love" to be?

10. What are the four types of love that the author mentions in relation to the forthcoming focus of his book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

C.S. Lewis writes about patriotism, describing it as a type of love (affection) for one's country, and suggests that countrymen tend to claim that only their country has the most beautiful women and the bravest men. He also states that countrymen tend to not to want to talk about unfavorable occurrences in their nation's history, while reserving their talk to tell the heroic tales of their country. Write an essay focusing on the things that Lewis describes can go wrong when a country's citizenry "puff up" their nation's history to put it in a better light. As an addendum to this assignment, write a description of the United States as you know it, and mention a couple of United States historical facts that you would like for a visitor to the United States to know about the U.S.A.

Essay Topic 2

Somewhere along the way, as he explains the joy and pitfalls associated with love, does the author deliver an underlying message to love ourselves? Does he tend to direct us toward protection by guiding the reader toward charity? Does his exhibition of protection toward us (whom he did not know or meet) serve as an expression of his love and compassion for mankind, and ultimately serve as his expression of charity? Write an essay focusing your thoughts and writings on the message that you receive from Lewis' last chapter, and the aforementioned questions.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis writes about affection being a simple type of love that even cats and dogs have the capacity to give. In fact, he notes that a prime, basic example of affection is the type that a dog has for a man, who like man, shows affection in association with the familiar. Write an essay that correlates some of the common traits that Lewis points out between affection displayed and experienced by a dog with that of a man (or woman). Does Lewis skillfully do that to prepare the reader for the introduction of charity on a higher plane at the end of the book? Or do you view the order that Lewis has presented the different types of love as unplanned? State and support your position.

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