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. Chesterton notes a startling difference between Christian and Buddhist art. What is this difference?

2. What oddity does Chesterton find in the modern world?

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

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

5. Why does Chesterton call courage a contradiction?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What argument does Chesterton make for keeping joy and anger separate? What is the danger in letting them meld together to produce some form of contentment?

3. What does Chesterton say is the most sensible ideal for nature? Is this a valid ideal? Why or why not?

4. Chapter V, The Flag of the World, begins with a young girl's idea that "An optimist is a man who looks after your eyes, and a pessimist is a man who looks after your feet" (Chesterton 2000, pg 223). How does Chesterton explain this?

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

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compile the examples Chesterton gives from Bernard Shaw's writings and speeches. What kind of thinker is Shaw? How does he differ from Chesterton? How is he similar?

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

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?

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