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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What does Chesterton call "the most difficult and interesting part of the mental process" that he reached? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 247)
(a) The problem of dealing with human passions.
(b) The fact that love and hate must soften each other.
(c) The problem of balance which is presented in the world.
(d) The fact that love and hate must burn equally strong.
2. What oddity does Chesterton find in the modern world?
(a) Men have artistic luxury but physical poorness.
(b) Men ignore the physical life in pursuit of the spiritual.
(c) Men have physical luxury but artistic poorness.
(d) Men ignore the spiritual life in pursuit of the physical.
3. What people, in their interactions with women, does Chesterton call stupid?
(a) Those who take women for granted.
(b) Those who think women's loyalty is a fault.
(c) Those who think women's loyalty stems from blindness to a man's fault.
(d) Those who abuse a woman's loyalty by constantly testing it.
4. What problem did Christianity solve which Paganism could not?
(a) A personal God.
5. What was Chesterton's early progression through religious mindsets?
(a) Pagan by six, pantheist by eight.
(b) Pagan by twelve, agnostic by sixteen.
(c) Pantheist by twelve, Christian by fifteen.
(d) Agnostic by ten, Christian by thirteen.
6. What is the evil of the pessimist? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 226)
(a) That "he does not love what he chastises."
(b) That "he honestly angers honest men."
(c) That "he chastises gods and men."
(d) That "he will defend the indefensible."
7. Why did a typical nineteenth-century man not believe in Christ's resurrection, according to Chesterton?
(a) His materialism did not allow it.
(b) He didn't want to acknowledge Christ's divinity.
(c) His liberal Christianity did not allow it.
(d) His scientific mind told him it was impossible.
8. What is Chesterton's third criterion for progress?
(a) It must be like Eden.
(b) It must be earthly.
(c) It must be heavenly.
(d) It must be a utopia.
9. What does Chesterton define as the problem with pessimists?
(a) They are cosmic anti-patriots.
(b) They are opposed to optimists.
(c) They are opposed to religious beliefs in any form.
(d) They impede progress.
10. How has western religion interacted with the idea of social organisms?
(a) Western religion says that social organisms are harmful to faith.
(b) Western religion says that the family unit is the only important social organism.
(c) Western religion says that the church provides the only stable society.
(d) Western religion says that no person should be alone.
11. How do St. Francis of Assisi and George Herbert think of Nature?
(a) As a goddess.
(b) As a mother.
(c) As a laughing little sister.
(d) As a step-mother.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. What reason does Chesterton give for the idea that love craves personality?
(a) Love desires human quirks, including problems.
(b) Love desires a human object.
(c) Love desire reciprocation.
(d) Love desires difference and division.
15. According to Chesterton, what mindset, paralleling patriotism, leads to reform?
(a) Irrational pessimism.
(b) Irrational optimism.
(c) Rational pessimism.
(d) Rational optimism.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why are people who admire Christianity, but do not believe it, uncomfortable?
2. Why does Chesterton say that a man is bewildered when asked to summarize his belief in something?
3. In the Christian's view, why does a man's soul provide enough outlet for both the optimist and the pessimist?
4. According to Chesterton, how did men gain morality?
5. What does Chesterton call "the spike of dogma" that changed his religious opinion? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 234)
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