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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Why are people who admire Christianity, but do not believe it, uncomfortable?
(a) Christianity was valid in the past but may not continue to be valid.
(b) Christianity has philosophical answers but not realistic answers.
(c) Christianity has only a few answers for their problems.
(d) Christianity is elaborately right.
2. How does Bernard Shaw speak of miracles?
(a) With awe.
(b) With contempt.
(c) With disbelief.
(d) With admiration.
3. As he began to consider Christianity, what lifted Chesterton's heart and made him happy?
(a) To find fulfillment of his optimism.
(b) To hear he was in the right place.
(c) To hear he was not in the right place.
(d) To pray to God for the first time.
4. 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) Evidence for supernatural occurrences.
(d) God stepping into the flow of time.
5. What is Pimlico?
(a) A dreary American town.
(b) Chesterton's favorite dog.
(c) An English newspaper.
(d) A dreary English town.
6. What is the thesis of Mrs. Besant's book?
(a) Man's largest desire is unity with all of humanity.
(b) Each religion has the same basic tenets but a different God figure.
(c) God is distant from the world and man must struggle on alone.
(d) All religions are the same, and their church is the universal self.
7. What is the evil of the pessimist? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 226)
(a) That "he will defend the indefensible."
(b) That "he does not love what he chastises."
(c) That "he chastises gods and men."
(d) That "he honestly angers honest men."
8. In Chesterton's argument, why can the orthodox man believe in revolution?
(a) Revolution coincides with orthodoxy.
(b) Orthodoxy manifests itself as revolution.
(c) Revolution means restoration.
(d) It's a trick question - he cannot.
9. At the beginning of Chapter VI, The Paradoxes of Christianity, what does Chesterton call the most common problem with the world?
(a) The world is almost logical but not quite.
(b) The world is not logical at all.
(c) The world is governed by mathematical principles.
(d) The world is too logical.
10. How does Chesterton want joy and anger to interact?
(a) In opposition, sharpening each other into greater fierceness.
(b) Coming close enough to affect each other.
(c) In opposition, never coming close.
(d) Coming together to soften each other.
11. In Chesterton's example, why is it important for Gradgrind to give his employees skeptical literature?
(a) He wants to keep their minds sharp.
(b) He wants to tear down the traditions.
(c) If the ideal always changes, earthly life will stay the same.
(d) If their minds always change, they will be content with anything he provides.
12. In looking at Christianity and materialism, what coincidence stopped Chesterton in his tracks?
(a) That the materialists could not agree on a definition of their worldview.
(b) That Christianity was accused of being both too holy and too inane.
(c) That the scientists directly contradicted their theories of evolution.
(d) That Christianity was accused of being both too optimistic and too pessimistic.
13. How has western religion interacted with the idea of social organisms?
(a) Western religion says that no person should be alone.
(b) Western religion says that the church provides the only stable society.
(c) Western religion says that the family unit is the only important social organism.
(d) Western religion says that social organisms are harmful to faith.
14. Why did the writings of skeptics and evolutionists push Chesterton toward Christianity?
(a) He formulated responses to their arguments.
(b) Traces of Christianity were found in the writings.
(c) He stopped believing the skeptics and evolutionists.
(d) He was not convinced by their arguments.
15. What two extremes does Chesterton foresee in man's future?
(a) Living a fairytale or living in hell.
(b) Sitting absolutely still or smashing the world for fun.
(c) Christianity or atheism.
(d) Overpopulation or extermination of humanity.
Short Answer Questions
1. What does Chesterton define as the problem with pessimists?
2. Why did a typical nineteenth-century man not believe in Christ's resurrection, according to Chesterton?
3. What definition does Chesterton find BEST for optimist and pessimist?
4. What taunt does Swinburne hurl about the Galilean, Christ?
5. In Chesterton's thoughts, Christianity came to assert passionately what idea?
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