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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Chesterton call the worst religion of all?
(a) The religion that worships the god inside.
(b) The religion that debases a man.
(c) The religion of the Christian God.
(d) The religion that worships multiple gods.
2. What is Pimlico?
(a) Chesterton's favorite dog.
(b) An English newspaper.
(c) A dreary English town.
(d) A dreary American town.
3. What moment does Chesterton point to as the single instant when God appeared to be atheist?
(a) When Eve fell into sin.
(b) When the first person, Abel, was murdered.
(c) When he had to send the Flood to wipe out most of humanity.
(d) When Christ was abandoned on the cross.
4. What is the enormous mistake of the modern age, according to Chesterton?
(a) It does not believe strongly enough in progress.
(b) It does not look to God to answer its questions.
(c) It espouses a weak version of Christianity.
(d) It is changing the ideal rather than reality.
5. According to Chesterton, how did men gain morality?
(a) By teaching tradition to their children.
(b) By safe-guarding their religion.
(c) By safe-guarding their culture.
(d) By consciously working out a moral code.
6. As Chesterton contrasts miracles with progress, how does he define a miracle?
(a) Gradual control of a thing by the mind.
(b) Swift control of a thing by the mind.
(c) God stepping into the flow of time.
(d) Evidence for supernatural occurrences.
7. At the beginning of Chapter VIII, the Romance of Orthodoxy, what does Chesterton name as the cause for busyness in modern society?
(b) Fast-paced life.
8. Chesterton names four standards by which people try to establish the ideals of equality and inequality. What is the first?
(a) The passage of time.
(b) Persuasive thinking, similar to Nietzsche's.
(c) The progression of creatures through evolution.
(d) God-given authority.
9. Why does Christianity mark the graves of the martyr and the suicide?
(a) To remember both with sadness.
(b) To show him who died for the sake of life and he who died for the sake of death.
(c) To praise the martyr by his opposite.
(d) To show the horror of the suicide.
10. Chesterton names four standards by which people try to establish the ideals of equality and inequality. What is his opinion of the fourth standard?
(a) It is the only sensible one.
(b) It is the only one fitting to Christianity.
(c) It is ridiculous.
(d) Its roots are in paganism.
11. What is Chesterton's stated goal for Chapter VIII, The Romance of Orthodoxy?
(a) To question the sentimental value of Christianity.
(b) To point out that liberal thinking is actually illiberal.
(c) To introduce the idea of Christian romance.
(d) To point out the paradoxes of Christianity.
12. Why did the writings of skeptics and evolutionists push Chesterton toward Christianity?
(a) He stopped believing the skeptics and evolutionists.
(b) He formulated responses to their arguments.
(c) Traces of Christianity were found in the writings.
(d) He was not convinced by their arguments.
13. Why, in the abstract, does Chesterton disapprove of long, complicated words?
(a) They are difficult to read and pronounce.
(b) Few people know what they mean.
(c) They do not require thinking.
(d) They hinder understanding.
14. In Chesterton's explanation, how do religions of the world differ?
(a) They teach the same things but have different God figures.
(b) They appear the same but teach different things.
(c) They treat the idea of sin differently.
(d) They teach the same things but appear different.
15. What does Chesterton call "the most difficult and interesting part of the mental process" that he reached? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 247)
(a) The fact that love and hate must soften each other.
(b) The fact that love and hate must burn equally strong.
(c) The problem of balance which is presented in the world.
(d) The problem of dealing with human passions.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Chesterton call "the spike of dogma" that changed his religious opinion? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 234)
2. What is Chesterton's second criterion for progress?
3. Chesterton notes a startling difference between Christian and Buddhist art. What is this difference?
4. At the beginning of Chapter VI, The Paradoxes of Christianity, what does Chesterton call the most common problem with the world?
5. What is the thesis of Mrs. Besant's book?
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