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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In general, what does Chesterton say is a liberal clergyman's attitude toward miracles?
(a) They existed only in Biblical times.
(b) They do not exist.
(c) Only particular people can perform miracles.
(d) They exist.

4. What does Chesterton call "the spike of dogma" that changed his religious opinion? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 234)
(a) God is loving and created the world in his image.
(b) God is personal and made a world separate from himself.
(c) God is all-powerful and created the world.
(d) God can be found in the nature that he made.

5. Chesterton notes a startling difference between Christian and Buddhist art. What is this difference?
(a) Whether the people are predominantly young or old.
(b) Whether the scene is set indoors or outdoors.
(c) Whether the colors are bright or dim.
(d) Whether the people's eyes are open or shut.

6. What problem did Christianity solve which Paganism could not?
(a) A personal God.
(b) Forgiveness.
(c) Balance.
(d) Salvation.

7. What does Chesterton call the worst religion of all?
(a) The religion that worships multiple gods.
(b) The religion that worships the god inside.
(c) The religion that debases a man.
(d) The religion of the Christian God.

8. What is Chesterton's stated goal for Chapter VIII, The Romance of Orthodoxy?
(a) To question the sentimental value of Christianity.
(b) To introduce the idea of Christian romance.
(c) To point out the paradoxes of Christianity.
(d) To point out that liberal thinking is actually illiberal.

9. What people, in their interactions with women, does Chesterton call stupid?
(a) Those who think women's loyalty stems from blindness to a man's fault.
(b) Those who abuse a woman's loyalty by constantly testing it.
(c) Those who think women's loyalty is a fault.
(d) Those who take women for granted.

10. How does Chesterton want joy and anger to interact?
(a) Coming close enough to affect each other.
(b) In opposition, sharpening each other into greater fierceness.
(c) Coming together to soften each other.
(d) In opposition, never coming close.

11. Who does Chesterton name as believers in the Inner Light?
(a) The idealists and pantheists.
(b) The last Stoics and the Quakers.
(c) The early Christians.
(d) The people who hated Marcus Aurelius.

12. At the end of Chapter VI, The Paradoxes of Christianity, what conclusion does Chesterton reach about orthodoxy?
(a) It is thrilling and perilous.
(b) It is man's only hope for understanding Christianity.
(c) It is a tool for understanding Christianity.
(d) It is inflexible.

13. What does Chesterton call "the most difficult and interesting part of the mental process" that he reached? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 247)
(a) The fact that love and hate must soften each other.
(b) The problem of dealing with human passions.
(c) The problem of balance which is presented in the world.
(d) The fact that love and hate must burn equally strong.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter VI, The Paradoxes of Christianity, what does Chesterton call the most common problem with the world?

2. What does Chesterton say is the result of believing that progress is a natural, predictable happening?

3. After studying the attacks on Christianity, what did Chesterton conclude?

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

5. As Chesterton contrasts miracles with progress, how does he define a miracle?

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