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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In Chesterton's image, how did he feel once his religious opinion changed? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 235)
(a) Fairyland was no longer important to his thinking.
(b) The army had fled before the light of his revelation.
(c) The dragon had been conquered.
(d) The land was lit up even back to his childhood.
2. What two extremes does Chesterton foresee in man's future?
(a) Overpopulation or extermination of humanity.
(b) Sitting absolutely still or smashing the world for fun.
(c) Living a fairytale or living in hell.
(d) Christianity or atheism.
3. In general, what does Chesterton say is a liberal clergyman's attitude toward miracles?
(a) They exist.
(b) They do not exist.
(c) Only particular people can perform miracles.
(d) They existed only in Biblical times.
4. In Chesterton's example, why is it important for Gradgrind to give his employees skeptical literature?
(a) If the ideal always changes, earthly life will stay the same.
(b) If their minds always change, they will be content with anything he provides.
(c) He wants to tear down the traditions.
(d) He wants to keep their minds sharp.
5. According to Chesterton, what is the problem with moving slowly toward justice?
(a) A man will only be able to act on old ideas.
(b) It does not allow a man to move swiftly toward a better state of things.
(c) People cannot make just decisions in a large amount of time.
(d) The definition of justice changes too often in that time.
6. 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) Its roots are in paganism.
(b) It is the only one fitting to Christianity.
(c) It is ridiculous.
(d) It is the only sensible one.
7. How does Bernard Shaw speak of miracles?
(a) With contempt.
(b) With awe.
(c) With admiration.
(d) With disbelief.
8. 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 that worships multiple gods.
(d) The religion of the Christian God.
9. How does Chesterton's example of the blue world explain modernity's attitude toward progress?
(a) Man can begin with the desire for a blue world but should not end there.
(b) Man must not be sidetracked onto changing every aspect of his world.
(c) If a man always works toward a blue world, he will eventually succeed.
(d) Man's desire for a blue world is only illusory.
10. In Chesterton's argument, why can the orthodox man believe in revolution?
(a) It's a trick question - he cannot.
(b) Orthodoxy manifests itself as revolution.
(c) Revolution coincides with orthodoxy.
(d) Revolution means restoration.
11. What is Chesterton's first criterion for progress?
(a) It must be accessible to everyone.
(b) It must be attainable.
(c) It must be unchanging.
(d) It must mesh with tradition.
12. In Chesterton's explanation, how do religions of the world differ?
(a) They appear the same but teach different things.
(b) They teach the same things but appear different.
(c) They treat the idea of sin differently.
(d) They teach the same things but have different God figures.
13. How does Chesterton want joy and anger to interact?
(a) In opposition, never coming close.
(b) Coming together to soften each other.
(c) In opposition, sharpening each other into greater fierceness.
(d) Coming close enough to affect each other.
14. What does Chesterton call "the spike of dogma" that changed his religious opinion? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 234)
(a) God is personal and made a world separate from himself.
(b) God is all-powerful and created the world.
(c) God can be found in the nature that he made.
(d) God is loving and created the world in his image.
15. What is the enormous mistake of the modern age, according to Chesterton?
(a) It is changing the ideal rather than reality.
(b) It espouses a weak version of Christianity.
(c) It does not look to God to answer its questions.
(d) It does not believe strongly enough in progress.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Chesterton's second criterion for progress?
2. Why did the writings of skeptics and evolutionists push Chesterton toward Christianity?
3. At the end of Chapter VI, The Paradoxes of Christianity, what conclusion does Chesterton reach about orthodoxy?
4. Why did the serious changes in our political outlook occur at the beginning of the nineteenth century rather than at the end?
5. According to Chesterton, how did men gain morality?
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