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 makes Screwtape especially angry about the couple?

2. What does Lewis label Christianity attached only to its own unchanging precepts?

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

4. What does Lewis think is required to sustain a marriage?

5. What is one of Screwtape's most preferred strategies about the human mind?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Lewis describe as the surest road to hell?

2. 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?

3. Screwtape chastises Wormwood for the unsatisfactory ending of the man. What is the description Lewis provides relative to the entrance into the spiritual realm?

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

5. Lewis explains that in the end either God or Satan will claim a person's time, actions and ultimately the soul? How does each claim ownership in this eternal struggle between God and Satan?

6. How does Screwtape regard the human restlessness for change, as a positive or a negative?

7. Why does Screwtape advise Wormwood to focus upon the man's courage?

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

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

10. The Bible, taught as the Word of God, describes marriage and sexual union as "one flesh", an irrevocable act, and teaches against divorce. What elements does Lewis state work against this classic Judaeo-Christian position?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lewis contends the human mind can be shifted to focus thinking on an abstract level as a means to avoid having to deal with the reality right in front of a person. Expand on the question whether this reality to abstraction is a permanent feature of American society as it relates to political campaigns.

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 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.

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