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. According to Chesterton, what is the problem with moving slowly toward justice?

2. Why did a typical nineteenth-century man not believe in Christ's resurrection, according to Chesterton?

3. Chesterton chooses miracles as his first example regarding liberal thinking. What does he call this example?

4. According to Chesterton, what mindset, paralleling patriotism, leads to reform?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. How does Chesterton explain pantheism's relation to wonder? What is the primary difference between pantheism and action?

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

5. If Nature does improve man through impersonal means, as Chesterton claims, what must happen? What is happening in reality?

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. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. What is the common view of Christianity and Buddhism, according to Chesterton? How are they similar and dissimilar? What is Chesterton's opinion of their differences?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Chesterton's opinion about suicide contrasted to murder? Does he make a valid argument? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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