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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. What thing does Chesterton despise more than anything else?

2. According to Chesterton in Chapter Two, what is comparable to curing a madman?

3. What does Chesterton label as the second problem of modern intellectualism?

4. What does Chesterton assert about W. B. Yeats?

5. What does Chesterton name as the chief pleasure?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. 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?

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. 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?

7. 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?

8. Chesterton asserts that though the world has its share of evils, the modern virtues actually have a more devastating effect. How does he support this radical idea? What relationship does this have to Christianity?

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

10. "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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Chesterton say that progress must have a fixed goal? What happens if the goal changes? How is this question related to the ideas of reform versus evolution?

Essay Topic 2

In Chesterton's understanding, what does it mean for God when a miracle occurs? What does a miracle mean for both the materialist and the believer? What is your understanding of a miracle, and how does it relate to Chesterton's ideas?

Essay Topic 3

If life is to be a fairy tale, there must be a balance between fear and wonder, as Chesterton argues. Why is this balance important? What happens if there is a large amount of one over the other?

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