Orthodoxy Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. How does Chesterton contrast pantheism and action?

2. What does Chesterton see as the purpose of the boundaries established by Christianity?

3. In Chesterton's example of a man's interaction with the tiger, what does evolution not tell the man?

4. Why does Chesterton call courage a contradiction?

5. What is Chesterton's second criterion for progress?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Chesterton explain the modern view of miracles? Is this view contradictory?

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 are liberals not free thinkers? What argument is made in Chapter VIII, The Romance of Orthodoxy, about confusion within language?

5. In Chapter VI, The Paradoxes of Christianity, what does Chesterton name the most common type of trouble in the world? How does Christianity answer this trouble?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. What nearly persuaded Chesterton to become a Christian? Why was this thought frightening?

9. Why does Chesterton detest the religion of the Inner Light, of looking within oneself for God? What relation does this abhorrence have to Christianity?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chesterton's estimation, men gained their sense of morality by protecting their religion. How is this true? How has it been played out in history?

Essay Topic 2

Why is solemnity more natural to man than laughter is? How is this related to Chesterton's claim that man is fundamentally joyful?

Essay Topic 3

What are the differences between man and animal? Why does Chesterton assert these differences? How does his conclusion differ from those of the pagan thinkers?

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