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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Why does Chesterton assert that tall towers are an example of humility?
(a) A man must be small to appreciate their size.
(b) They connect a man directly to God, who is greater.
(c) They remind man how far he still must go.
(d) They speak to man's sense of accomplishment.
2. In the middle of Chapter One, why does Chesterton say this book is a joke on him?
(a) He does not take its content seriously.
(b) He wrote it so he could win a bet.
(c) He went looking for something that is already known.
(d) No one around him agrees with his argument.
3. According to Chesterton, what is the only thing a poet desires?
(a) A world to stretch out in.
(b) A raft to float on.
(c) The ability to cross the infinite sea.
(d) An understanding of the heavens.
4. In the same story of the sailor, what is better than discovering a new land?
(a) Returning home to the old land.
(b) Claiming the new land for your own.
(c) Discovering that the new land is really the old one.
(d) Settling the new land and making it familiar.
5. 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 God made it.
(c) Because man can fully understand it.
(d) Because there is nothing to compare it to.
6. How does today's skeptic compare to the skeptic of the French Revolution, according to Chesterton?
(a) Today's skeptic is not nearly so violent.
(b) Today's skeptic is not a Jacobin.
(c) Today's skeptic is a true revolutionary.
(d) Today's skeptic cannot even define what he trusts.
7. What does evolution destroy, according to Chesterton?
(a) Modern intelligence.
8. Who does Chesterton name as the only great English poet to go mad?
9. In Chapter IV, The Ethics of Elfland, what does Chesterton name as the first principle of democracy?
(a) The essential things are those they hold in common.
(b) The essential things are those they hold as individuals.
(c) Men act as individuals.
(d) Men act within the body of citizens.
10. In Chesterton's story about the sailor, what mistake does the man make?
(a) He does not take enough fresh water.
(b) He thinks England is a new island in the South Seas.
(c) He navigates by the sun rather than by the stars.
(d) From the harbor, he sets out in the wrong direction.
11. What words does Chesterton prefer when referring to nature?
(a) Law, necessity, order.
(b) Necessity, order, tendency.
(c) Law, theory, science.
(d) Charm, spell, enchantment.
12. According to Chesterton at the beginning of the first chapter, why did he write the book?
(a) Because he had to work through his religious beliefs.
(b) As a personal challenge to himself.
(c) In response to a challenge.
(d) Because he had a well-crafted argument for Christianity.
13. What happened as Chesterton put the final touches onto the heresy he had created?
(a) He found that he no longer believed it.
(b) He found that the heresy was paganism.
(c) He found that it was orthodoxy.
(d) He found that the heresy was untenable.
14. What does Chesterton assert as a necessity for the human mind?
(a) Belief in the power of progress.
(b) Belief in objective truth.
(c) Some type of religious grounding.
(d) Belief in the Christian God.
15. What does Chesterton say concerning the boundaries of the will?
(a) The will is limiting to the man.
(b) The will has boundaries only if it is not a free action.
(c) The will frees a man.
(d) The will defines a man's actions fully.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to Chesterton, what characteristics do madmen share with many respected teachers and scientists?
2. What does Chesterton not mean by the word "orthodoxy"?
3. In Chapter III, The Suicide of Thought, what is the problem with modern philosophers?
4. What is the title of Chapter I?
5. "[T]he happiness depended on not doing something which you could at any moment do and which, very often, it was not obvious why you should not do." (Chesterton 2000, pg 215) What is Chesterton's opinion of this condition for happiness?
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