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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What choice faces the modern religious philosopher, according to Chesterton?
(a) Deny God or accept God.
(b) Deny God or deny God's connection with man.
(c) Accept a personal God or an impersonal force.
(d) Deny or accept man's ability to raise himself to the heavens.

2. Why does Chesterton call the cross "the symbol at once of mystery and of health?" (Chesterton 2000, pg. 188).
(a) Its arms extend throughout the whole world.
(b) Its power contradicts its history.
(c) It does not represent the closed system of Eastern thought.
(d) Its shocking history draws believers in.

3. Why does Chesterton say that the Christian virtues have become crazy?
(a) They are not truly Christian.
(b) They are practiced in the wrong contexts.
(c) They are isolated from all other virtues.
(d) They are separate from the Bible.

4. Why does Chesterton say that satire is disappearing from modern literature?
(a) There is nothing to be fierce about.
(b) Writers are not taught to appreciate satire.
(c) Satire is too violent for the modern mind.
(d) Modern satire takes different forms than literature.

5. What did Chesterton discover about the truths he found in religious thought?
(a) They could not be lived out.
(b) They were not fully truth.
(c) They were not his.
(d) They contradicted each other.

6. What does Chesterton label as the second problem of modern intellectualism?
(a) Helplessness.
(b) Fanciful thinking.
(c) Confidence.
(d) Brashness.

7. According to Chesterton, what effect does the moralists' attitude have on the cosmos?
(a) Fairy tales cannot explain the cosmos.
(b) There are exciting possibilities.
(c) There can never be anything interesting.
(d) God has no part in the cosmos or its creation.

8. What does Chesterton say is the quintessence of will?
(a) That it is an action of freedom.
(b) That it is individual.
(c) That it has knowable consequences.
(d) That it is particular.

9. According to Chesterton, what symbol explains to way that mysticism clarifies the world?
(a) The moon.
(b) The ocean.
(c) The sun.
(d) A mountain.

10. How does Chesterton feel about the book Orthodoxy once it is completed?
(a) He wants to write a sequel.
(b) It is not perfect but he's happy.
(c) He would never read it.
(d) He is very proud of it.

11. According to Chesterton in Chapter Two, what is comparable to curing a madman?
(a) Casting out a demon.
(b) Tilting the earth on its axis.
(c) Shifting the foundations of the sea.
(d) Arguing with a learned philosopher.

12. What widespread mistake about mystical imagination does Chesterton want to erase?
(a) It is suitable only for children.
(b) It is damaging to a man's mental capacity.
(c) It greatly benefits a man's mental capacity.
(d) It distracts a man unnecessarily.

13. What does Chesterton assume as common ground between him and any reader?
(a) The desire for religious answers.
(b) The presumption that Christianity is right.
(c) The presumption of skepticism toward religion.
(d) The desire for an imaginative, interesting life.

14. What does Chesterton say is losing its authority in the modern mind?
(a) Religion.
(b) Argumentation.
(c) First principles.
(d) Scientific absolutes.

15. Who does Chesterton name as the only great English poet to go mad?
(a) Shakespeare.
(b) Cowper.
(c) Dryden.
(d) Poe.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Chesterton admire Joan of Arc?

2. According to Chesterton, what keeps a man sane?

3. What does Chesterton explain as his method for proving his argument?

4. What do art and ecstasy recall to us, in Chesterton's words? (Chesterton 2000, p.g 212)

5. What, in Chesterton's example, might God have an eternal appetite for?

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