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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. According to "Learning in War-time", why does war fail to absorb our whole attention?

2. When discussing mental exercises to defend the scholar against war, what does Lewis give as the third enemy?

3. Lewis says toward the end of "Transposition" that our natural experiences are like a drawing. He is referring to all but which of the following experiences?

4. In refuting Pacifism, which Pope does Lewis say has rejected the Pacifist position?

5. Lewis opens "Why I am Not a Pacifist" by saying military service can be all but which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. While discussing the relationship between emotion and sensation, what three points does Lewis make about the relationship?

2. In "Learning in War-time", what does Lewis say is the difference between humanity and insects?

3. Discuss Lewis's example in "Why I am Not a Pacifist" of the supposed intuition of a temperance fanatic.

4. When comparing the Christian life to that of a schoolboy in "The Weight of Glory", why does Lewis say that the analogy eventually breaks down?

5. 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?

6. 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?

7. Lewis has a great deal to say about those who contend that the Christian life is mercenary in "The Weight of Glory". Discuss his response to this assertion.

8. Explain Lewis's analogy of the woman who has a son while living in a dungeon. What point does Lewis intend to make with this fable, as discussed in "Transposition"?

9. What three ways does Lewis say there are to interpret the command to turn the other cheek, as discussed in "Why I am Not a Pacifist"?

10. 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"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In "Transposition", Lewis spends quite some time discussing the relationship between the mind and body. Analyze and discuss his assertions given on this subject. Is the concept of transposition sufficient to describe this relationship? Include supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the notion of having our sins excused with that of having our sins forgiven. Draw upon supporting information from the text to fully detail the essay.

Essay Topic 3

What are the main arguments between religion and science? Cite three specific examples from the text and discuss them in detail to support the essay.

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