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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, how many type(s) of love may co-exist for a single person or thing at any given time?

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

3. Who, if anyone, does Lewis cite as "waiting" at the ultimate destination that he mentions that the individual in his example is trying to reach?

4. A man who works, saves, and plans for his family's future, according to Lewis, is exhibiting which type of love?

5. According to Lewis, when bestowed upon which of the following, admiration can be deemed as appreciative love?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the author use to amend to the list of favorable attributes relating to affection?

2. To what does the author equate the idea of people putting their country, themselves, and their race in the best possible light?

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

4. What types of affectionate pairings does the author mention are capable of occurring?

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

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

7. Describe the introduction to The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis.

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

9. What topic(s) does author C.S. Lewis share with the reader in the opening pages of his book that relate to his personal experience about writing a book focused on love?

10. Describe what the author mentions about our "need love" for God.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 suggests that we not rely on nature to justify the existence of God. Do you agree or disagree? Write an essay focusing on that aspect of the book. Lewis suggests that we should not make anything of nature. He suggests that we take it for what it is--but he does emphasize that one way that it should not be used (or misused) is to use it in place of religion, and rely on it to justify the existence of God.

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