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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. According to Chesterton, what symbol explains to way that mysticism clarifies the world?
(a) A mountain.
(b) The sun.
(c) The ocean.
(d) The moon.
2. What does Chesterton not mean by the word "orthodoxy"?
(a) The practical outworking of the creed.
(b) Where Christians get the authority for the creed.
(c) The history behind the creed.
(d) The Biblical authority for the creed.
3. How does Chesterton define tradition in political terms?
(a) Allowing one's ancestors to vote.
(b) Thinking of one's ancestors as kings.
(c) Defining the past as a democracy that is long gone.
(d) Defining the past as an oligarchy.
4. What does Chesterton say is the quintessence of will?
(a) That it is an action of freedom.
(b) That it has knowable consequences.
(c) That it is particular.
(d) That it is individual.
5. Why does Chesterton not claim this new-found philosophy as his own?
(a) It belongs to God and humanity.
(b) It is a way of living rather than a philosophy.
(c) He did not really find or invent it.
(d) He is too modest to claim his own work.
6. According to Chesterton at the beginning of the first chapter, why did he write the book?
(a) In response to a challenge.
(b) Because he had to work through his religious beliefs.
(c) Because he had a well-crafted argument for Christianity.
(d) As a personal challenge to himself.
7. According to Chesterton, what characteristics do madmen share with many respected teachers and scientists?
(a) Enlarged reason and small common sense.
(b) Spiritual confusion and materialistic thinking.
(c) Narcissism and short-sightedness.
(d) Small reason and enlarged common sense.
8. As the determinist is confronted with the problem of sin, what does Chesterton say that he believes in?
(a) Enforcing the necessity of certain acts.
(b) Enforcing the power of free will.
(c) Asserting that the world is a closed system.
(d) Changing the environment.
9. Why does Chesterton assert that tall towers are an example of humility?
(a) They connect a man directly to God, who is greater.
(b) They remind man how far he still must go.
(c) They speak to man's sense of accomplishment.
(d) A man must be small to appreciate their size.
10. Who does Chesterton name as the only great English poet to go mad?
11. Using the standards of the moralists, why does Chesterton say that the universe cannot be called large?
(a) Because fairy tales explain it.
(b) Because there is nothing to compare it to.
(c) Because God made it.
(d) Because man can fully understand it.
12. What, in Chesterton's example, might God have an eternal appetite for?
13. Why, earlier in Chapter One, does Chesterton tell the story of the sailor?
(a) To explain his picture of God.
(b) The sailor will appear throughout the book.
(c) To illustrate his idea of wonder.
(d) He is that sailor.
14. What is the title of the essay that H. G. Wells wrote on skepticism?
(a) Understanding the Skeptical Mind.
(b) Skepticism from a Philosophical Viewpoint.
(c) Doubts of the Instrument.
(d) The Creeds and Hierarchies.
15. What is the "false theory of progress?" (Chesterton 2000, pg. 196)
(a) Changing the standards rather than becoming better.
(b) Confusing people with too much data.
(c) Tracking man's progress poorly.
(d) Defining man's progress in terms of religion.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Chesterton in Chapter Two, what is comparable to curing a madman?
2. As revealed in Chapter Two, what is the secret of mysticism?
3. In Chesterton's story about the sailor, what mistake does the man make?
4. What, according to Chesterton, is the proper place for humility?
5. According to Chesterton, what is too big an undertaking for a book even of a larger scope?
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