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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 are heavenly pleasures that reflect love of friends and family for one another?

2. What is the goal of true humility?

3. What is the means to allow awakening in the patient?

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

5. How does the Enemy want the patient to view the future?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. How does Screwtape explain that false humility can be useful to a devil, but true humility can be dangerous?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lewis describes little mental escape hatches. Explain what is meant by the phrase, how it would relate to devil work if at all, and provide several examples of mental escape hatches.

Essay Topic 2

Human progress is a chronicle of change in virtually all aspects of living to the extent that people seem to think change is not only inevitable and necessary, but also desirable. Elaborate on Lewis' premise that acquired knowledge can be lost from generation to generation because of rapid change. Provide examples of whether this is a favorable outcome.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis contends that Christians are generally intelligent, reasoning people capable of understanding God's plan and God's will. Screwtape advises that a basic devil tactic is to shift Christian focus to the mundane thereby lessening or blunting the thoughts of a human. Identify 6 examples of mundane that a modern devil might use to shift modern Christian thinking. Is the mundane an individual internal factor or can it be an external community factor?

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