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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Why does Christianity mark the graves of the martyr and the suicide?
(a) To show him who died for the sake of life and he who died for the sake of death.
(b) To praise the martyr by his opposite.
(c) To show the horror of the suicide.
(d) To remember both with sadness.
2. 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 too logical.
(d) The world is governed by mathematical principles.
3. What taunt does Swinburne hurl about the Galilean, Christ?
(a) His breath turns the world gray.
(b) His heart cannot soften the world.
(c) His salvation is not sufficient for all of humanity.
(d) His gaze makes men's hearts quiver in fear.
4. 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 Eve fell into sin.
(c) When Christ was abandoned on the cross.
(d) When the first person, Abel, was murdered.
5. Why does Chesterton say there is no equality or inequality in nature?
(a) The standard of value changes within each species.
(b) Humans cannot judge by animal standards.
(c) Oligarchy is a human construction.
(d) There is no standard for value.
6. In looking at Christianity and materialism, what coincidence stopped Chesterton in his tracks?
(a) That the scientists directly contradicted their theories of evolution.
(b) That the materialists could not agree on a definition of their worldview.
(c) That Christianity was accused of being both too optimistic and too pessimistic.
(d) That Christianity was accused of being both too holy and too inane.
7. How does Chesterton want joy and anger to interact?
(a) In opposition, sharpening each other into greater fierceness.
(b) In opposition, never coming close.
(c) Coming together to soften each other.
(d) Coming close enough to affect each other.
8. Chesterton notes a startling difference between Christian and Buddhist art. What is this difference?
(a) Whether the colors are bright or dim.
(b) Whether the people are predominantly young or old.
(c) Whether the scene is set indoors or outdoors.
(d) Whether the people's eyes are open or shut.
9. 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 he has only scattered evidence for that belief.
(c) If he has no evidence for his belief other than his desire to believe.
(d) If everything he knows supports that belief.
10. Why does Chesterton call courage a contradiction?
(a) It has no meaning in everyday life.
(b) Only the meek person can show courage.
(c) The person most wanting to live is the person willing to die.
(d) It can only be proven in life-threatening circumstances.
11. What is Pimlico?
(a) An English newspaper.
(b) A dreary American town.
(c) A dreary English town.
(d) Chesterton's favorite dog.
12. How does Chesterton's example of the blue world explain modernity's attitude toward progress?
(a) If a man always works toward a blue world, he will eventually succeed.
(b) Man can begin with the desire for a blue world but should not end there.
(c) Man's desire for a blue world is only illusory.
(d) Man must not be sidetracked onto changing every aspect of his world.
13. After studying the attacks on Christianity, what did Chesterton conclude?
(a) Christianity might actually be true.
(b) Christianity must be very wrong or absolutely right.
(c) Christianity was full of logical problems.
(d) Attacks on Christianity were largely valid.
14. According to Chesterton, what mindset, paralleling patriotism, leads to reform?
(a) Irrational optimism.
(b) Irrational pessimism.
(c) Rational optimism.
(d) Rational pessimism.
15. What oddity does Chesterton find in the modern world?
(a) Men ignore the spiritual life in pursuit of the physical.
(b) Men have physical luxury but artistic poorness.
(c) Men ignore the physical life in pursuit of the spiritual.
(d) Men have artistic luxury but physical poorness.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is Chesterton's second criterion for progress?
2. How do St. Francis of Assisi and George Herbert think of Nature?
3. What does Chesterton call "the spike of dogma" that changed his religious opinion? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 234)
4. What reason does Chesterton give for the idea that love craves personality?
5. How has western religion interacted with the idea of social organisms?
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