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 recurrent Lewis theme concerning the devils and reality?

2. What does Lewis remind is a reliable road to Hell?

3. How does Lewis view the effects of democracy?

4. What do life happenings provide for every person according to Lewis?

5. What does Screwtape describe as Wormwood's fate now that the struggle is over?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. What is a basic Lewis theme he illustrates when Wormwood asks is it desirable for the man to be in love or not to be in love?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

10. Lewis says mental escape hatches undermine people in every endeavor that requires courage and perseverance. What does he mean by this and how do mental escape hatches work?

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

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 3

Human progress is a chronicle of change in virtually all aspects of living to the extent that people seem to think change is not only inevitable and necessary, but also desirable. Elaborate on Lewis' premise that acquired knowledge can be lost from generation to generation because of rapid change. Provide examples of whether this is a favorable outcome.

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