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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. In moving through fairyland, what is the test of happiness, according to Chesterton?
(a) Surprise.
(b) Gratitude.
(c) Reciprocity.
(d) Goodness.

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

3. Who is Mr. Blatchford?
(a) A martyr.
(b) A pagan.
(c) An early Christian.
(d) A humanitarian.

4. In fairy tales and fiction, what change does Chesterton name that makes the stories monotonous?
(a) The hero has no precedent for resolution to the conflict.
(b) The hero is boring and not surprised by the adventures.
(c) The hero is now abnormal and his adventures are not surprising.
(d) There is no original model for a hero.

5. What is Chesterton's attitude toward fairy tales?
(a) He thinks fairy tales are useful only in the nursery.
(b) He thinks fairy tales are interesting but not useful in reality.
(c) He thinks fairy tales are harmful to a child's mind.
(d) He is surer of fairy tales than of anything else in the world.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Chesterton, what is the only thing a poet desires?

2. Chesterton says that this common ground is mostly found among what group of readers?

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

4. What, according to Chesterton, is the proper place for humility?

5. Why does Chesterton call the cross "the symbol at once of mystery and of health?" (Chesterton 2000, pg. 188).

Short Essay Questions

1. Chesterton says that a perfect view of the world combines a searching mind with the feeling of being welcomed. What does this mean? How does it relate to Christianity?

2. Materialism is a much narrower belief than Christianity, in fact, more than any religion. What reasons does Chesterton give for this? How does it relate to the discussion of madness and sanity?

3. What is "the false theory of progress" (Chesterton 2000, pg 196)? What implications does it have for daily life?

4. Chapter II, The Maniac, begins with the idea that man believing in himself is a weakness. Chesterton asserts this in the face of modern thinking, which says believing in oneself is the strongest way to live. What reasons does Chesterton give for asserting this statement?

5. What does Chesterton say is the spirit of the law in fairy land? Why is this not inconsistent?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Why does Chesterton claim that fairyland is more rational than the scientific world? Does the sense of wonder remain?

10. 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?

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