The Screwtape Letters Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Lewis think makes a person slave to the appetites?

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

3. How should the fiend encourage the patient to think about malice and benevolence?

4. Why should Wormwood draw the patient's attention to his humility?

5. What does a new Christian think about going to church with commonplace neighbors?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Screwtape tell Wormwood to use imaginings now that war is upon the patient?

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

3. 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?

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

5. Screwtape tells Wormwood major serious sin is useful but dangerous because it could lead the man back to God. What does he describe as preferable and much less likely to lead to God?

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

7. What does Lewis say about a person's present day morality and responsibilities?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The accumulation of small sin is said to be more damaging than the occasional spectacular sin because the small ones are the true betrayal of self. Specify three small sins and describe how each constitutes the small betrayal, the slow incremental slippage.

Essay Topic 2

The most basic of devilish tactics is to shift human focus. Relating to this tactic, describe in detail Lewis' premise that a Christian's thinking can have an origin of worship of God, shift to pride in oneself, and then shift to spiritual pride

Essay Topic 3

The classic struggle between good and evil, between right and wrong, between God and Satan is a favorite Lewis subject. Document the basis of what Lewis terms ownership in this conflict between God and Satan.

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