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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 of the following can consume a person and take over his/her life, according to Lewis?

2. Unlike affection, Lewis writes, people feel that they have to take action in order to attract which of the following?

3. Lewis states that it is a fallacy to believe that nature is which of the following?

4. While discussing affection that can occur between different species of animals, Lewis mentions that he has heard of affection occurring between a horse and which of the following?

5. Who, according to Lewis, is more likely to be consumed by love?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author incorporate the use of a glass of water to illustrate "need pleasure"?

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

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

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

6. How is disinterest in what is "need pleasure" for others illustrated in a heroic light by the author in the "Likings and Loves for the Sub-Human" section of his book?

7. What does the author write in relation to how a person treats affection in his/her life?

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

9. How does the author describe "appreciative love"?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout his book, C.S. Lewis gives the reader advice on various issues, such as not allowing love to consume you. Write an essay stating what you are able to remember about the dangers that Lewis describes in relation to allowing it to consume you, and state whether you agree or disagree that Lewis' warnings are applicable to your choice of love type (i.e. affection, friendship, etc.).

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

"Eros" is the state of being in love, according to Lewis. He describes how sexuality plays a role in the love that exists between a man and a woman, but ultimately focuses on spending an inordinate amount of time explaining why one should not let that type of love consume him/her. Write an essay on whether you agree or disagree with Lewis' description of Eros as noted above, and also elaborate on whether the author is directing the reader toward his way of thinking in terms of placing emphasis on the inability to have time to focus on God if one gets involved in an Eros love type relationship.

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