The Screwtape Letters Test | Final 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 is the name of the illustrated booklet for Wormwood enclosed with letter #22?

2. How does Lewis explain the way to recognize what is not real virtue?

3. What does Screwtape say the Enemy claims is unselfishness?

4. What does Screwtape suggest to Wormwood if God does answer a prayer?

5. What is one of Screwtape's favorite tricks concerning Christianity?

Short Essay Questions

1. Rather than "falling" into anything, what does Lewis see as sensible marriage without influence from Hell and devils?

2. Screwtape chastises Wormwood that he is failing because the man is praying to God. How does Screwtape recommend Wormwood handle this if the man is going to continue to pray?

3. Lewis contends scholars cause confusion and the result is wisdom lost. How does Lewis explain his thinking on this?

4. Letter 22 is loaded with humor demonstrating Lewis' narrative creativity. What are some examples of this humor?

5. Lewis again demonstrates cutting humor in letter 24 concerning the child who thinks whatever is used in her house is the "normal" one and anything used by the neighbors is "not normal", or the hunting dog who thinks it understands firearms simply because it enjoys hunting with the master. What is the point Lewis is making with these humorous examples?

6. Screwtape advises that humans have absurd ideas about time. How does he explain the absurdities to Wormwood?

7. What is Lewis' concluding characterization of the modern age?

8. What consistent Lewis theme about devil work is woven into Screwtape's specifics about women and love and sex and marriage?

9. What does Lewis identify as the outcome of modern restless need for change?

10. Why does Lewis think Christians should be alert to their social responsibilities?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lewis asserts that "falling in love" is used to justify irresponsible behavior and sexual misconduct. It is a poor reason for an inappropriate marriage. Explain the time frame and details of his contention that successful marriage is built upon virtues.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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