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 makes the fiend's job easier?

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

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

4. What can be fatal to a fiend's plan for a patient?

5. When is the fiend's mission in the greatest danger?

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. 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?

3. Screwtape instructs that not all humor is useful to a devil, but certain types are especially useful. What are the types of humor useful to a devil?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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