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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. 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) All religions are the same, and their church is the universal self.
(d) God is distant from the world and man must struggle on alone.
2. What is Chesterton's second criterion for progress?
(a) A devotion to Christianity.
(b) A collection of cultures.
(c) A variety of racial backgrounds.
(d) A composite of happiness.
3. In general, what does Chesterton say is a liberal clergyman's attitude toward miracles?
(a) Only particular people can perform miracles.
(b) They existed only in Biblical times.
(c) They exist.
(d) They do not exist.
4. What people, in their interactions with women, does Chesterton call stupid?
(a) Those who take women for granted.
(b) Those who abuse a woman's loyalty by constantly testing it.
(c) Those who think women's loyalty is a fault.
(d) Those who think women's loyalty stems from blindness to a man's fault.
5. What is Pimlico?
(a) An English newspaper.
(b) A dreary English town.
(c) Chesterton's favorite dog.
(d) A dreary American town.
6. Why does Chesterton say that a man is bewildered when asked to summarize his belief in something?
(a) If he must defend it to people who oppose him.
(b) If everything he knows supports that belief.
(c) If he has no evidence for his belief other than his desire to believe.
(d) If he has only scattered evidence for that belief.
7. As Chesterton contrasts miracles with progress, how does he define a miracle?
(a) Evidence for supernatural occurrences.
(b) Gradual control of a thing by the mind.
(c) God stepping into the flow of time.
(d) Swift control of a thing by the mind.
8. What is Chesterton's stated purpose in Chapter VI, the Paradoxes of Christianity
(a) To show that Christianity cannot account for irregularities.
(b) To show that Christianity is fully logical.
(c) To show that Christianity's irregularities are matched in its truths.
(d) To show that Christianity has an answer for every problem.
9. In Chesterton's explanation, how do religions of the world differ?
(a) They teach the same things but appear different.
(b) They treat the idea of sin differently.
(c) They appear the same but teach different things.
(d) They teach the same things but have different God figures.
10. What two extremes does Chesterton foresee in man's future?
(a) Overpopulation or extermination of humanity.
(b) Christianity or atheism.
(c) Sitting absolutely still or smashing the world for fun.
(d) Living a fairytale or living in hell.
11. In Chesterton's argument, why can the orthodox man believe in revolution?
(a) Orthodoxy manifests itself as revolution.
(b) It's a trick question - he cannot.
(c) Revolution coincides with orthodoxy.
(d) Revolution means restoration.
12. Why does Chesterton call suicide the greatest sin?
(a) Because man is acting like God.
(b) Because it cuts off the future.
(c) Because, in the eyes of one man, it kills the whole world.
(d) Because it takes a life God had given.
13. In Chesterton's example, why is it important for Gradgrind to give his employees skeptical literature?
(a) If their minds always change, they will be content with anything he provides.
(b) He wants to keep their minds sharp.
(c) He wants to tear down the traditions.
(d) If the ideal always changes, earthly life will stay the same.
14. Why did the serious changes in our political outlook occur at the beginning of the nineteenth century rather than at the end?
(a) At the beginning, men still believed fixedly in certain things.
(b) At the end, men began to believe wholeheartedly in certain things.
(c) At the beginning, intellectualism was more highly encouraged.
(d) At the end, men were caught up in religious questions.
15. In determining his criteria for progress, what does Chesterton discover?
(a) Buddhism shed some light on his questions.
(b) Christianity arrived there first.
(c) Christianity could not answer any of his questions.
(d) Christianity could lead him to the answers.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why does Chesterton say that any discussion about the creation/sustaining principle in the world must be metaphorical?
2. After studying the attacks on Christianity, what did Chesterton conclude?
3. At the beginning of Chapter VI, The Paradoxes of Christianity, what does Chesterton call the most common problem with the world?
4. Why does Chesterton say there is no equality or inequality in nature?
5. Why are people who admire Christianity, but do not believe it, uncomfortable?
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