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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, individuals are able to do which of the following in relation to the need pleasures of others?

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

3. According to Lewis, what does affection expand to when the person upon whom affection is directed is gone?

4. An unexpected pleasant aroma, according to Lewis, is which of the following?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What example does the author provide to illustrate that affection does not need to be earned, but simply felt for the familiar?

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

4. Describe the observations that author C.S. Lewis offers in relation to the words, "like" and "love" as he notes that he will begin his discussion of love, "at the very bottom of love--like" in the section of his book subtitled, "Likings and Loves for the Sub-Human."

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

6. What is an example of "gift love" that the author describes as he continues sharing his observations on the subject of love?

7. 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?

8. What are some common traits in a person enjoying appreciative pleasure as that the author describes?

9. How does the author explain that people go about putting themselves and their home country in the best possible light?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author describes affection as the most basic type of love. Affection ignores all types of barriers, is the most comfortable type of love, and Lewis associates it with familiarity. Write an essay elaborating on those aspects of affection, stating whether you agree or disagree with the author's description of affection.

Essay Topic 2

Based on the information that Lewis offers about charity in the last portion of his book, write an essay addressing your opinion on the following: Do you agree or disagree that it was possible that he published his message about Divine love and charity because he loved mankind and was practicing "charity" himself as he was writing the chapter focusing on it? Or is it possible that he was simply writing it to point out to those reading his book that human love, as we know it, basically is good only in moderation, but not worth pursuing with fervor because of its inherent, all-consuming, ever-present factor that could be hurtful to us?

Essay Topic 3

Even love of home, family, and country have, in a way, been discouraged by Lewis. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not? Write an essay focusing on the potentially harmful aspects of patriotism that Lewis writes about. Do you agree, as he suggests, that your level of patriotism should be maintained at a healthy level? Would you rather raise it to a much higher level? Why or why not?

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