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

2. Screwtape says the best fiend work is done this way.
(a) Planting suggestive thoughts during a patient's idle moments.
(b) Encouraging the patient to hold God accountable.
(c) Keeping things out of the mind rather than planting things within it.
(d) Reviewing his fantasies while the patient rests.

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

4. How does Screwtape describe the composition of a human?
(a) Half spirit and half animal.
(b) Dull to the senses, awaiting stimulation.
(c) Constant inclination to comfort and materialism.
(d) Untamed willful creature of passions.

5. What does Screwtape think is the true danger about wars?
(a) Creates heroes and legends people will believe.
(b) Resolves differences among enemies.
(c) Diverts people from themselves to perceived higher values and causes.
(d) Occupies people's minds, making distraction difficult.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Screwtape suggest is a good strategy for ongoing fiend work?

2. How does Lewis suggest the modern person avoid gluttony?

3. What does the Enemy view as true loyalty?

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

5. Screwtape says humans living together will develop which of these over time?

Short Essay Questions

1. Wormwood sees a dry spell in the patient's faith as a totally positive development. Why does Screwtape see this as a shortcoming of Wormwood's training and not necessarily a positive?

2. Why does Screwtape tell Wormwood war is not necessarily always a good thing?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why does Screwtape so heartily approve of the man's new friends that are bright, funny, skeptical, wealthy, and worldly?

9. Why does Screwtape advise if the patient must pray at all, center prayer on his feelings and images?

10. 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"?

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