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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. Why did the writings of skeptics and evolutionists push Chesterton toward Christianity?
(a) He stopped believing the skeptics and evolutionists.
(b) He formulated responses to their arguments.
(c) Traces of Christianity were found in the writings.
(d) He was not convinced by their arguments.

2. After studying the attacks on Christianity, what did Chesterton conclude?
(a) Christianity might actually be true.
(b) Christianity must be very wrong or absolutely right.
(c) Attacks on Christianity were largely valid.
(d) Christianity was full of logical problems.

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

4. Why, in the abstract, does Chesterton disapprove of long, complicated words?
(a) Few people know what they mean.
(b) They are difficult to read and pronounce.
(c) They hinder understanding.
(d) They do not require thinking.

5. What moment does Chesterton point to as the single instant when God appeared to be atheist?
(a) When he had to send the Flood to wipe out most of humanity.
(b) When Christ was abandoned on the cross.
(c) When the first person, Abel, was murdered.
(d) When Eve fell into sin.

Short Answer Questions

1. What problem did Christianity solve which Paganism could not?

2. What is the evil of the pessimist? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 226)

3. What is Chesterton's stated goal for Chapter VIII, The Romance of Orthodoxy?

4. What does Chesterton call "the most difficult and interesting part of the mental process" that he reached? (Chesterton 2000, pg. 247)

5. How do St. Francis of Assisi and George Herbert think of Nature?

Short Essay Questions

1. The Church holds to some strict doctrines regarding man and his actions. Why is she so strict? Is it possible for her to swerve in her beliefs?

2. Why is it better to be a progressive, according to Chesterton's understanding of the term? Why should man rebel against the new rather than against the old?

3. Near the beginning of Chapter VII, The Eternal Revolution, Chesterton makes an argument concerning superiority. What is this argument? Does he satisfy the question fully?

4. Why, according to Chesterton, do modern thinkers find it advantageous to modernity to change the vision of heaven constantly? What effect does this have on man's mind?

5. As Chesterton argues, why does love seek individuality and personality? Is this true only in relation to man or also in relation to God?

6. What is the first time that Chesterton felt he had stumbled onto a path that was familiar to some? How did Christianity mirror his own thoughts?

7. How do Eastern and Western religions differ in their understanding of seclusion in worship, according to Chesterton? How does this affect their sense of community?

8. Why did Chesterton begin to question the attacks on Christianity? What did he find as he questioned?

9. At the end of Chapter V, The Flag of the World, what transformation does Chesterton describe? How did the transformation address his question of optimism and pessimism?

10. Christianity holds that any man who depends on a luxurious life is fallen and corrupt. What effect does this belief have on the believer, according to Chesterton?

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