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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. How does the Christian idea of a transcendent God manifest itself in a frightening way?
(a) God sometimes disappears and must be sought.
(b) God sometimes disappears and cannot be found again.
(c) God is so different from man that the two cannot relate.
(d) God is so far above man that he can never be reached.
2. What moment does Chesterton point to as the single instant when God appeared to be atheist?
(a) When Christ was abandoned on the cross.
(b) When Eve fell into sin.
(c) When the first person, Abel, was murdered.
(d) When he had to send the Flood to wipe out most of humanity.
3. 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 beginning, intellectualism was more highly encouraged.
(c) At the end, men began to believe wholeheartedly in certain things.
(d) At the end, men were caught up in religious questions.
4. What is Chesterton's stated purpose in Chapter VI, the Paradoxes of Christianity
(a) To show that Christianity is fully logical.
(b) To show that Christianity's irregularities are matched in its truths.
(c) To show that Christianity cannot account for irregularities.
(d) To show that Christianity has an answer for every problem.
5. 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) It is ridiculous.
(b) It is the only sensible one.
(c) Its roots are in paganism.
(d) It is the only one fitting to Christianity.
6. In determining his criteria for progress, what does Chesterton discover?
(a) Christianity could not answer any of his questions.
(b) Christianity arrived there first.
(c) Buddhism shed some light on his questions.
(d) Christianity could lead him to the answers.
7. How has western religion interacted with the idea of social organisms?
(a) Western religion says that the church provides the only stable society.
(b) Western religion says that social organisms are harmful to faith.
(c) Western religion says that the family unit is the only important social organism.
(d) Western religion says that no person should be alone.
8. Chesterton opens Chapter VII, The Eternal Revolution, with how many points of summary?
9. Why does Chesterton say that miracles are eminently desirable?
(a) Man can begin to understand God.
(b) Religious people have the opportunity to prove their beliefs.
(c) Miracles give people a glimpse of the supernatural.
(d) Man can triumph over nature's cruelty.
10. What is the single true charge that Chesterton found against Christianity?
(a) Christianity's view of salvation is unnecessarily complex.
(b) Christianity cannot be compatible with science.
(c) Christianity is one religion.
(d) Christianity's claim to the Trinity is false.
11. What is the thesis of Mrs. Besant's book?
(a) All religions are the same, and their church is the universal self.
(b) Each religion has the same basic tenets but a different God figure.
(c) Man's largest desire is unity with all of humanity.
(d) God is distant from the world and man must struggle on alone.
12. What is Pimlico?
(a) A dreary American town.
(b) A dreary English town.
(c) An English newspaper.
(d) Chesterton's favorite dog.
13. At the end of Chapter VI, The Paradoxes of Christianity, what conclusion does Chesterton reach about orthodoxy?
(a) It is inflexible.
(b) It is thrilling and perilous.
(c) It is a tool for understanding Christianity.
(d) It is man's only hope for understanding Christianity.
14. 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) He wants to keep their minds sharp.
(d) If their minds always change, they will be content with anything he provides.
15. According to Chesterton, what happens when a man worships physical nature?
(a) Nature becomes twisted.
(b) Man is lifted up to God.
(c) Man can only then begin to search for God.
(d) Nature becomes pure as it offers salvation.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Chesterton want joy and anger to interact?
2. Why, in the abstract, does Chesterton disapprove of long, complicated words?
3. What taunt does Swinburne hurl about the Galilean, Christ?
4. Why did the writings of skeptics and evolutionists push Chesterton toward Christianity?
5. In Chesterton's thoughts, Christianity came to assert passionately what idea?
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