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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 a person's pursuit for truth, what might happen, according to Chesterton?
(a) He loses hope that truth exists.
(b) He searches for extraordinary truths.
(c) He finds great, unsearchable truths.
(d) He loses hope that he, a mortal, can ever find the truth.

2. In Chapter One, what has Christianity named the mixture of the well-known and the unknown?
(a) Mystery.
(b) Transubstantiation.
(c) Romance.
(d) Incarnation.

3. What does Chesterton think is the only cure for madness?
(a) Being isolated.
(b) Shock therapy.
(c) Not feeling.
(d) Not thinking.

4. What fact do religious men no longer accept as a foundational belief?
(a) Forgiveness.
(b) Sin.
(c) Mercy.
(d) Righteous wrath.

5. Why does Chesterton call the cross "the symbol at once of mystery and of health?" (Chesterton 2000, pg. 188).
(a) It does not represent the closed system of Eastern thought.
(b) Its power contradicts its history.
(c) Its arms extend throughout the whole world.
(d) Its shocking history draws believers in.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. As the reader can infer from the beginning of Chapter Two, what is Hanwell?

3. In Chapter IV, The Ethics of Elfland, what does Chesterton name as the first principle of democracy?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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