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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What definition does Chesterton find BEST for optimist and pessimist?
(a) An optimist sees the world as the best it can be, while the pessimist sees the world as the worst it can be.
(b) An optimist thinks everything right but the pessimist, while the pessimist thinks everything wrong but himself.
(c) An optimist has nothing but hope, while the pessimist has everything but hope.
(d) An optimist looks after your eyes, while a pessimist looks after your feet.

2. What does Chesterton define as the problem with pessimists?
(a) They impede progress.
(b) They are cosmic anti-patriots.
(c) They are opposed to religious beliefs in any form.
(d) They are opposed to optimists.

3. Why does Chesterton say that miracles are eminently desirable?
(a) Miracles give people a glimpse of the supernatural.
(b) Man can triumph over nature's cruelty.
(c) Religious people have the opportunity to prove their beliefs.
(d) Man can begin to understand God.

4. How does Chesterton's example of the blue world explain modernity's attitude toward progress?
(a) Man must not be sidetracked onto changing every aspect of his world.
(b) If a man always works toward a blue world, he will eventually succeed.
(c) Man can begin with the desire for a blue world but should not end there.
(d) Man's desire for a blue world is only illusory.

5. What does Chesterton see as the purpose of the boundaries established by Christianity?
(a) To establish the power of the church.
(b) To expel unhappy and fierce things.
(c) To deny earthly happiness to believers.
(d) To let good things run wild.

6. What is Chesterton's third criterion for progress?
(a) It must be earthly.
(b) It must be like Eden.
(c) It must be a utopia.
(d) It must be heavenly.

7. How does the Christian idea of a transcendent God manifest itself in a frightening way?
(a) God is so far above man that he can never be reached.
(b) God sometimes disappears and must be sought.
(c) God sometimes disappears and cannot be found again.
(d) God is so different from man that the two cannot relate.

8. Chesterton opens Chapter VII, The Eternal Revolution, with how many points of summary?
(a) Five.
(b) Two.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

9. In determining his criteria for progress, what does Chesterton discover?
(a) Christianity arrived there first.
(b) Christianity could not answer any of his questions.
(c) Christianity could lead him to the answers.
(d) Buddhism shed some light on his questions.

10. In Chesterton's argument, why can the orthodox man believe in revolution?
(a) Revolution coincides with orthodoxy.
(b) It's a trick question - he cannot.
(c) Orthodoxy manifests itself as revolution.
(d) Revolution means restoration.

11. At the beginning of Chapter VIII, the Romance of Orthodoxy, what does Chesterton name as the cause for busyness in modern society?
(a) Fast-paced life.
(b) Laziness.
(c) Stress.
(d) Bustle.

12. Why did a typical nineteenth-century man not believe in Christ's resurrection, according to Chesterton?
(a) His materialism did not allow it.
(b) His scientific mind told him it was impossible.
(c) He didn't want to acknowledge Christ's divinity.
(d) His liberal Christianity did not allow it.

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

15. In Chesterton's thoughts, Christianity came to assert passionately what idea?
(a) Man must look outward for salvation.
(b) Man must look inward for salvation.
(c) Man's salvation will come only when Christ returns.
(d) Man must look to the Old Testament for salvation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Chesterton say that any discussion about the creation/sustaining principle in the world must be metaphorical?

2. Why does Chesterton say there is no equality or inequality in nature?

3. Chesterton chooses miracles as his first example regarding liberal thinking. What does he call this example?

4. What is Chesterton's stated goal for Chapter VIII, The Romance of Orthodoxy?

5. What is the single true charge that Chesterton found against Christianity?

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