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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 Lewis suggest the modern person avoid gluttony?
(a) Diet constantly, consume very little.
(b) Take what is offered with humility and gratitude.
(c) Satisfy the appetites after departing from others.
(d) Satisfy the appetites before joining others.

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

3. What does Screwtape say is the modern version of gluttony?
(a) Close attention to dieting even at the inconvenience of others.
(b) Excess consumption of liquor at mealtime.
(c) Taking food away from the serving table in "doggy bags."
(d) Excess consumption of desserts at mealtime.

4. What is the origin of all pleasure, including sex?
(a) Free will.
(b) The Enemy.
(c) Worldly success.
(d) Our Father Below.

5. What does Screwtape describe as the only useful thing about war?
(a) War separates and destroys families.
(b) War usually leads to more future wars.
(c) War brings fear and anxiety to humans.
(d) War brings souls to Our Father Below.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why should patient prayers focus on the spiritual, never the practical?

2. Why does Screwtape advise it is good the new Christian is still going to church?

3. Where do the fiends receive training?

4. How can a fiend best use pleasures the patient experiences?

5. What does Lewis think makes a person slave to the appetites?

Short Essay Questions

1. Lewis writes "...indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts." How does this prose relate to the human condition?

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

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

4. 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?

5. 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?

6. Screwtape reminds Wormwood it is always important to focus on a person's feelings. Why are feelings seen to be advantageous to devil work?

7. 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?

8. What does Screwtape explain is the advantage to having a person always thinking about the future?

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

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

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