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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Chesterton says that this common ground is mostly found among what group of readers?
2. Why, earlier in Chapter One, does Chesterton tell the story of the sailor?
3. As Chesterton explains the origin of the word, the moon is the mother of which group of people?
4. What did Chesterton discover about the truths he found in religious thought?
5. In fairy tales and fiction, what change does Chesterton name that makes the stories monotonous?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
2. In Chapter IV, The Ethics of Elfland, what does Chesterton give as the first two principles of democracy? How does he convey a sense of wonder even in these principles?
3. What does Chesterton say is the spirit of the law in fairy land? Why is this not inconsistent?
4. 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?
5. 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?
6. "But it is a much more massive and important fact that he [the materialist] is not free to raise, to curse, the thank, to justify, to urge, the punish, to resist temptation, to incite mobs, to make New Year resolutions, to pardon sinners, to rebuke tyrants, or even to say 'thank you' for the mustard" (Chesterton 2000, pg 185). What is the context for this statement? Does it logically follow from Chesterton's argument?
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. How does Chesterton explain the idea of the madman in life, in experience? How does this person live in the world?
9. What is "the false theory of progress" (Chesterton 2000, pg 196)? What implications does it have for daily life?
10. Why does Chesterton's second notion of fairyland entail praise?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Why is the worship of the god within the worst religion, according to Chesterton? How does a worshiper of the god within regard the rest of the world? What is the endpoint of this religion?
Essay Topic 2
What is the mindset of the madman? How does it differ from a sane man and how is it similar to a materialist? What is Chesterton's answer to this mindset? Does this answer take into account all aspects of the mindset?
Essay Topic 3
Chesterton says that people desire both the familiar and the unfamiliar. Is this true? How might they relate? Does one drive the other? Support your thesis with his arguments concerning this desire.
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