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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. How does Chesterton contrast pantheism and action?
(a) Pantheism looks only at the world; action looks also at the supernatural.
(b) Pantheism says one thing is as good as another; action chooses one thing as best.
(c) Pantheism is completely inactive and therefore opposes action.
(d) Pantheism entails all possibilities; action is exclusive in its choice.

3. What is the single true charge that Chesterton found against Christianity?
(a) Christianity's claim to the Trinity is false.
(b) Christianity cannot be compatible with science.
(c) Christianity is one religion.
(d) Christianity's view of salvation is unnecessarily complex.

4. Why does Chesterton call courage a contradiction?
(a) Only the meek person can show courage.
(b) It has no meaning in everyday life.
(c) It can only be proven in life-threatening circumstances.
(d) The person most wanting to live is the person willing to die.

5. 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 land was lit up even back to his childhood.
(c) The army had fled before the light of his revelation.
(d) The dragon had been conquered.

6. 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) People cannot make just decisions in a large amount of time.
(c) The definition of justice changes too often in that time.
(d) It does not allow a man to move swiftly toward a better state of things.

7. Why does Chesterton say there is no equality or inequality in nature?
(a) Oligarchy is a human construction.
(b) Humans cannot judge by animal standards.
(c) There is no standard for value.
(d) The standard of value changes within each species.

8. 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) He wants to tear down the traditions.
(c) If their minds always change, they will be content with anything he provides.
(d) He wants to keep their minds sharp.

9. What is the enormous mistake of the modern age, according to Chesterton?
(a) It does not look to God to answer its questions.
(b) It is changing the ideal rather than reality.
(c) It does not believe strongly enough in progress.
(d) It espouses a weak version of Christianity.

10. How do St. Francis of Assisi and George Herbert think of Nature?
(a) As a laughing little sister.
(b) As a mother.
(c) As a goddess.
(d) As a step-mother.

11. What was Chesterton's early progression through religious mindsets?
(a) Pagan by twelve, agnostic by sixteen.
(b) Pagan by six, pantheist by eight.
(c) Pantheist by twelve, Christian by fifteen.
(d) Agnostic by ten, Christian by thirteen.

12. What two extremes does Chesterton foresee in man's future?
(a) Sitting absolutely still or smashing the world for fun.
(b) Living a fairytale or living in hell.
(c) Overpopulation or extermination of humanity.
(d) Christianity or atheism.

13. What moment does Chesterton point to as the single instant when God appeared to be atheist?
(a) When he had to send the Flood to wipe out most of humanity.
(b) When Christ was abandoned on the cross.
(c) When Eve fell into sin.
(d) When the first person, Abel, was murdered.

14. What is the evil of the pessimist? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 226)
(a) That "he will defend the indefensible."
(b) That "he chastises gods and men."
(c) That "he honestly angers honest men."
(d) That "he does not love what he chastises."

15. What oddity does Chesterton find in the modern world?
(a) Men have artistic luxury but physical poorness.
(b) Men have physical luxury but artistic poorness.
(c) Men ignore the physical life in pursuit of the spiritual.
(d) Men ignore the spiritual life in pursuit of the physical.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Chesterton name as believers in the Inner Light?

2. What taunt does Swinburne hurl about the Galilean, Christ?

3. What reason does Chesterton give for the idea that love craves personality?

4. At the end of Chapter VI, The Paradoxes of Christianity, what conclusion does Chesterton reach about orthodoxy?

5. What is Chesterton's third criterion for progress?

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