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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In determining his criteria for progress, what does Chesterton discover?
(a) Christianity could lead him to the answers.
(b) Buddhism shed some light on his questions.
(c) Christianity could not answer any of his questions.
(d) Christianity arrived there first.
2. What does Chesterton define as the problem with pessimists?
(a) They are opposed to religious beliefs in any form.
(b) They are opposed to optimists.
(c) They impede progress.
(d) They are cosmic anti-patriots.
3. What is Chesterton's stated purpose in Chapter VI, the Paradoxes of Christianity
(a) To show that Christianity has an answer for every problem.
(b) To show that Christianity is fully logical.
(c) To show that Christianity cannot account for irregularities.
(d) To show that Christianity's irregularities are matched in its truths.
4. 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) God-given authority.
(d) The progression of creatures through evolution.
5. What does Chesterton say is the result of believing that progress is a natural, predictable happening?
(a) A person works harder to achieve this.
(b) A person becomes lazy.
(c) A person ceases to believe in progress.
(d) A person looks for ethical support.
6. Why did the writings of skeptics and evolutionists push Chesterton toward Christianity?
(a) Traces of Christianity were found in the writings.
(b) He formulated responses to their arguments.
(c) He was not convinced by their arguments.
(d) He stopped believing the skeptics and evolutionists.
7. 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.
8. In Chesterton's image, how did he feel once his religious opinion changed? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 235)
(a) The army had fled before the light of his revelation.
(b) Fairyland was no longer important to his thinking.
(c) The land was lit up even back to his childhood.
(d) The dragon had been conquered.
9. What was Chesterton's early progression through religious mindsets?
(a) Pantheist by twelve, Christian by fifteen.
(b) Pagan by twelve, agnostic by sixteen.
(c) Agnostic by ten, Christian by thirteen.
(d) Pagan by six, pantheist by eight.
10. After studying the attacks on Christianity, what did Chesterton conclude?
(a) Christianity might actually be true.
(b) Attacks on Christianity were largely valid.
(c) Christianity was full of logical problems.
(d) Christianity must be very wrong or absolutely right.
11. As he began to consider Christianity, what lifted Chesterton's heart and made him happy?
(a) To hear he was not in the right place.
(b) To pray to God for the first time.
(c) To find fulfillment of his optimism.
(d) To hear he was in the right place.
12. Why does Christianity mark the graves of the martyr and the suicide?
(a) To praise the martyr by his opposite.
(b) To show him who died for the sake of life and he who died for the sake of death.
(c) To remember both with sadness.
(d) To show the horror of the suicide.
13. How does Bernard Shaw speak of miracles?
(a) With disbelief.
(b) With awe.
(c) With contempt.
(d) With admiration.
14. What is Chesterton's second criterion for progress?
(a) A devotion to Christianity.
(b) A variety of racial backgrounds.
(c) A composite of happiness.
(d) A collection of cultures.
15. What is Chesterton's third criterion for progress?
(a) It must be heavenly.
(b) It must be earthly.
(c) It must be a utopia.
(d) It must be like Eden.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Chesterton's thoughts, Christianity came to assert passionately what idea?
2. Why are people who admire Christianity, but do not believe it, uncomfortable?
3. In the Christian's view, why does a man's soul provide enough outlet for both the optimist and the pessimist?
4. What problem did Christianity solve which Paganism could not?
5. Why does Chesterton say that miracles are eminently desirable?
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