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. When does humor least serve the fiend's mission?

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

3. The Enemy consistently helps the patient in which of these situations?

4. Why does Screwtape favor prayer for the soul?

5. What does Screwtape say is the modern version of gluttony?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Screwtape explain about the dynamics of a person who is church shopping?

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

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

5. 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?

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"To thine own self be true" is a timeless adage that reinforces Lewis' idea that knowledge and acceptance of self keeps a person close to God. Explain how the opposite of that adage lends itself to devil work and sinful conduct.

Essay Topic 2

Lewis contends it is important that a person be aware of their social responsibilities to prevent a devil from causing confusion about Christian duties. This is the basic premise of his book "Mere Christianity." Identify and discuss three examples of modern living where this confusion might be in play.

Essay Topic 3

"I'm as good as you" is the thread of Screwtape's toast and Lewis' premise that the road to hell is through mediocrity fed by cultural numbness. Explain the cultural effects of this thread, especially as it relates to youth and as it relates to the lazy and dull individuals in a society.

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