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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. Why does Screwtape advise it is good the new Christian is still going to church?
(a) Keeps his focus on empty ritual rather than substance.
(b) Allows him to think he understands all about the Enemy.
(c) Keeps him from noticing his faith is slipping away.
(d) Keeps him alert to the sins of fellow churchgoers.

2. What have the Enemy's servants taught for 2000 years as the greatest temptation?
(a) Pride
(b) Science
(c) Worldliness
(d) Sex

3. How does the Enemy want the patient to view the future?
(a) As part of eternity.
(b) As unrelated to the past.
(c) As a logical outcome of the present.
(d) As unrelated to the present.

4. What usually brings a person to Hell?
(a) Sexual liaisons and sexual betrayals.
(b) Small betrayals of the true self.
(c) Denial of the existence of the Enemy.
(d) Accumulation of material wealth.

5. Why should patient prayers focus on the spiritual, never the practical?
(a) Channels his energy on useless dialog with the Enemy.
(b) Keeps attention on what he sees as sins.
(c) Practical matters and solutions have no place in prayers.
(d) Eliminates the need to take action by the patient.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Screwtape summarize that it is fine if the patient only feels renewed?

2. What does it indicate when a person is continually church shopping?

3. What is the doctrine almost all humans profess but find difficult to accept?

4. What does the thought 'religion is all very well up to a point' lead to?

5. Why does Screwtape want people totally obsessed with the future?

Short Essay Questions

1. Screwtape explains it is good to have a person develop a false and low opinion of God- given talent and likewise have a person regularly think of past sinfulness. How does Screwtape explain this as contrary to God's plans?

2. Lewis elaborates on the traditional version of gluttony as over-consumption of food or drink. What does he describe as the modern forms of gluttony and its effects?

3. How does Screwtape recommend that Wormwood prevent humans from using their reasoning?

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

5. The High Command has decided it is better that devils not reveal themselves. How does Screwtape explain the positive impact of that decision?

6. Lewis asserts that dry spells in faith are an excellent time to tempt the man with sex? Why is sex especially useful to a devil during such times?

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

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

9. 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"?

10. Why does Screwtape think it is not favorable when a person does not care what others think?

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