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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 sort of fanatic does Lewis describe in "Why I am Not a Pacifist" who has an unanswerable intuition that strong drink is wrong?

2. What is the first Pacifist position ruled out by Lewis in "Why I am Not a Pacifist"?

3. Lewis comments, when discussing the appropriateness of scholarship during war, that our tendency to focus on things other than war is our nature rather than what?

4. To which poet does Lewis refer when discussing the secret inside people in "The Weight of Glory"?

5. In his discussion of duty during war, Lewis says anyone who completely gives himself to a cause is giving to _______ that which belongs to God.

Short Essay Questions

1. In "The Weight of Glory", why does Lewis say that he doesn't believe his desire for heaven proves he will enjoy it?

2. Why, when discussing the concept of glory, does Lewis describe glory as being noticed by God?

3. Explain the five promises of Scripture as discussed in "The Weight of Glory".

4. Discuss Lewis's statement in "Why I am Not a Pacifist" that pain and death are not the greatest evils.

5. In his discussion of authority in "Why I am Not a Pacifist", what does Lewis say has been society's conclusion about Pacifism?

6. Why, in "Why I am Not a Pacifist", is Lewis unmoved by the fact that many of those who die during a war are innocent?

7. Why does Lewis say that religion cannot occupy the whole of life in "Learning in War-time"?

8. Why does Lewis believe that the fact that war makes death real to us is a good thing, as discussed in "Learning in War-time"?

9. When talking about the highest virtues, Lewis states that people today see unselfishness as the highest but that Christians of old thought love is the greatest. Lewis believes unselfishness to be a negative term while love is positive. Why does Lewis believe that unselfishness is negative?

10. Discuss Lewis's assertion in "Learning in War-time" that war creates no absolutely new situation.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lewis states that the modern idea that religion should be a solitary pursuit is detrimental to the Christian journey. Explore this assertion in detail and include supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the various views on Pacifism and Lewis's response to each. Include information from the text.

Essay Topic 3

Lewis gives the example of love as a positive virtue and unselfishness as a negative one. Pick three other positive virtues discussed by Lewis in this collection of sermons and compare and contrast the negative counterparts of each positive virtue.

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