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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 is the title of Chapter I?
(a) Introduction and Seduction of Thought.
(b) Introduction in Defense of Everything Else.
(c) The Romance of Orthodoxy.
(d) The Paradoxes of Christianity and Everything Else.

2. Why, according to Chesterton, can a madman never understand simple, careless acts?
(a) He sees purpose in every act.
(b) His world is comprised of careless acts.
(c) He does not notice insignificant things.
(d) He cannot differentiate between careless and important acts.

3. What does Chesterton say concerning the boundaries of the will?
(a) The will frees a man.
(b) The will defines a man's actions fully.
(c) The will is limiting to the man.
(d) The will has boundaries only if it is not a free action.

4. In Chapter IV, The Ethics of Elfland, what does Chesterton name as the first principle of democracy?
(a) Men act as individuals.
(b) Men act within the body of citizens.
(c) The essential things are those they hold in common.
(d) The essential things are those they hold as individuals.

5. How does today's skeptic compare to the skeptic of the French Revolution, according to Chesterton?
(a) Today's skeptic is a true revolutionary.
(b) Today's skeptic is not a Jacobin.
(c) Today's skeptic is not nearly so violent.
(d) Today's skeptic cannot even define what he trusts.

Short Answer Questions

1. As Chesterton explains the origin of the word, the moon is the mother of which group of people?

2. In Chesterton's story about the sailor, what mistake does the man make?

3. Who does Chesterton name as the only great English poet to go mad?

4. According to Chesterton at the beginning of the first chapter, why did he write the book?

5. What fact do religious men no longer accept as a foundational belief?

Short Essay Questions

1. As he begins to talk about fairy land, what does Chesterton argue about rationalism? How does this open the door to excitement in the world?

2. In the example of the explorer who only discovers his own land, Chesterton says that his first emotion might be foolishness. This should not be the sole emotion, though. Why does Chesterton name foolishness as the first emotion and how might this fit the religious explorer?

3. Humility is chiefly understood chiefly as a restraint on a man's arrogance and boasting. What is Chesterton's argument concerning humility? What example does he give to illustrate a humble view of the world?

4. Poetry is the only thing that keeps a man sane, while reason drives him insane. How does Chesterton support this argument, and is it plausible?

5. The author says people can justly call him a fool because he is a fool. What does this reveal about the man himself? How does this set up expectations for the rest of the book?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. Why does Chesterton say that the act of willing is a limiting act? Could it be freeing instead? What happens if you attempt to free something from the laws of its nature?

9. The only authority for Chesterton's argument is the Apostles' Creed. Is this more or less effective than appealing to the Bible as the sole authority?

10. Why does Chesterton's second notion of fairyland entail praise?

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