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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Chesterton say that moralists, including H. G. Wells, have turned into wickedness?
(a) God.
(b) Imagination.
(c) The earth.
(d) The heavens.

2. According to Chesterton, why is Bernard Shaw hampered in his thinking?
(a) He is not humorous enough.
(b) He tells too many lies.
(c) He is too logical in his arguments.
(d) He can only tell lies that he believes.

3. What does Chesterton not mean by the word "orthodoxy"?
(a) Where Christians get the authority for the creed.
(b) The practical outworking of the creed.
(c) The Biblical authority for the creed.
(d) The history behind the creed.

4. According to Chesterton, what characteristics do madmen share with many respected teachers and scientists?
(a) Enlarged reason and small common sense.
(b) Small reason and enlarged common sense.
(c) Narcissism and short-sightedness.
(d) Spiritual confusion and materialistic thinking.

5. In Chapter III, The Suicide of Thought, what is the problem with modern philosophers?
(a) They are intellectually lazy.
(b) They have no hope of finding the answer.
(c) They cannot see the riddle.
(d) They cannot find the answer.

Short Answer Questions

1. In moving through fairyland, what is the test of happiness, according to Chesterton?

2. Why does Chesterton think glass is so often used in fairy tales?

3. Why does Chesterton think that materialism is much narrower than Christianity?

4. According to Chesterton, who is the only person to whom a modern realistic novel would not be boring?

5. What is Chesterton's amazement at scientific advancement?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Chesterton, the complete skeptic knows that he cannot think anything. How does this differ from the young skeptic? How does the complete skeptic show a true awareness of where he is?

2. In Chapter I, Introduction in Defense of Everything Else, Chesterton states that the book is written from his own experiences rather than as the result of research and labor. What expectations does this set up or destroy for the reader?

3. Considering the fact that elf land is more rational than the scientific world is, why does Chesterton say that magic flourishes in elf land?

4. The second problem with modern thought is that it is intellectually weak and helpless. What does Chesterton mean by this idea? How is it manifested in everyday life, much less intellectual circles?

5. In Chapter I, Introduction in Defense of Everything Else, Chesterton states that he hates the defense of something that cannot be proved or disproved. How is this important for the rest of the book?

6. Chesterton asserts that though the world has its share of evils, the modern virtues actually have a more devastating effect. How does he support this radical idea? What relationship does this have to Christianity?

7. Materialistic fatalism has been credited with being merciful, though Chesterton says this is far from the truth. Why can fatalism not be merciful?

8. What role does Mr. G. S. Street play in the book?

9. Chesterton explains that a madman's mind moves in a small, perfect circle. What does he mean with this picture? How does it relate to the movements of a sane man's mind?

10. Chesterton ends Chapter II, The Maniac, with a look at the true skeptic. What picture does this man present? How does he relate to the man at the beginning of the chapter, the man who believed in himself?

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