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

2. What does Screwtape suggest to Wormwood if God does not answer a prayer?

3. What does Screwtape say is the end result of the devil's Historical Point of View?

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

5. What is it that Lewis warns undermines courage and perseverance?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lewis describe as the key to success in both the physical and the spiritual sense?

3. What does Screwtape outline as the strategy for instilling spiritual pride in a human?

4. What does Screwtape reveal to be one of the greatest frustrations of the devils?

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

7. Lewis points out that a virtue that is not upheld when needed is not a virtue at all. What are his instructions to Wormwood to prepare for such situations?

8. 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?

9. How does Screwtape describe the influence of Hell and the devils when it comes to the idea of "falling in love".

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

"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 asserts that jokes and humor can be the work of the devil if used to justify rude or bad behavior. Elaborate on the reasons he contends flippancy is the most damaging of all humor.

Essay Topic 3

The classic struggle between good and evil, between right and wrong, between God and Satan is a favorite Lewis subject. Document the basis of what Lewis terms ownership in this conflict between God and Satan.

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