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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Lewis think makes a person slave to the appetites?
(a) Strong attachment to what goes into the mouth.
(b) Vanity about food knowledge and food preparation.
(c) Disregard of the opinion of others about consumption.
(d) Reliance upon dieting.

2. How should Wormwood encourage the patient to think concerning humility?
(a) Humility can mask the patient's sinfulness.
(b) Humility means agreeing with the sinful opinion of others.
(c) Humility means self-denigration and denial of one's talents.
(d) Humility always gains favor with the worldly.

3. Which type of prayer pleases the Enemy the most?
(a) Prayer directed against fiends.
(b) Prayer of thanks during good times.
(c) Prayer during bereavement or loss of goods.
(d) Prayer during periods of spiritual dryness.

4. What is the wine of fiends to be sipped eternally?
(a) War and cruelty.
(b) Human habits of indifference and laziness.
(c) The dishonesty of humans.
(d) Anguish and bewilderment of the soul of the damned.

5. Why is it best to discourage belief in fiends?
(a) Non-belief makes it easier to believe in materialism.
(b) Non-belief makes a patient lazy and unimaginative.
(c) Belief by patients leads to fiend failure
(d) Belief makes fiends lazy and unimaginative.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is subtly by degrees Screwtape's preferred method of temptation?

2. What is the goal of true humility?

3. What is the role of the language department of Hell?

4. According to Screwtape, what is typical thinking for a new Christian?

5. When does humor least serve the fiend's mission?

Short Essay Questions

1. Relating to religious bodies, what does Screwtape say has proven very useful for producing malice over the centuries?

2. Why does Screwtape encourage Wormwood to play upon the man's disappointment with his fellow churchgoers?

3. Screwtape tells Wormwood the English people are hateful in the abstract but kindly in the concrete. How does he suggest Wormwood use this information regarding the patient?

4. Lewis contends ideas can be corrupted by corrupting the language associated with ideas. For example, what does Screwtape brag about corruption of the word "Puritanism"?

5. How does Screwtape suggest the use of pleasure, which clearly is from and belongs to God?

6. What is a central theme Lewis is emphasizing in the context of dry spells of faith?

7. Screwtape tells Wormwood he can possibly win the battle for the man's soul by getting him to join a faction, any faction. How is this possible?

8. Although Lewis talks about food and drink, what is the eternal truth contained in the message?

9. Why does Screwtape tell Wormwood it is good for the patient to pray for his mother's soul?

10. Why does Screwtape tell Wormwood the details of the war in progress are of no interest?

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