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 Screwtape's depiction of Hell?

2. What does Screwtape recommend to undermine human courage?

3. What does Lewis think is needed within a marriage?

4. How is God's love viewed from Hell's standpoint?

5. What does Wormwood's fate illustrate?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Screwtape say it is always a good tactic to use Christianity as a means to an end?

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

3. How does Lewis portray the man as representative of humankind?

4. According to Lewis, what is required to sustain a marriage because sexual attraction is simply not enough?

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 describe to Wormwood the basic eternal conflict between God and devils?

7. 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?

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

9. Part of Screwtape's toast at the annual dinner of the Tempters' Training College is an explanation of how Democracy helps devils work. What are the highlights of this help that Democracy provides?

10. Why does Screwtape encourage Wormwood to have the couple sacrifice and be "unselfish" toward each other?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Factions by definition are exclusionary, and all factionalism is useful for the devil's purposes. Describe the basic premise of factionalism, its function and intent, and why it is essentially contrary to God's plans.

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

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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