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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. Why, according to Christianity, can passions be free?
2. As Chesterton contrasts miracles with progress, how does he define a miracle?
3. What is Chesterton's stated purpose in Chapter VI, the Paradoxes of Christianity
4. What does Chesterton call the worst religion of all?
5. According to Chesterton, most things are allied with oppression. What is the one area where he sees a line past which oppression has no effect?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Chesterton explain pantheism's relation to wonder? What is the primary difference between pantheism and action?
2. 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?
3. 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?
4. How does Chesterton explain the modern view of miracles? Is this view contradictory?
5. 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?
6. If Nature does improve man through impersonal means, as Chesterton claims, what must happen? What is happening in reality?
7. 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?
8. Why does Chesterton detest the religion of the Inner Light, of looking within oneself for God? What relation does this abhorrence have to Christianity?
9. Why did Chesterton begin to question the attacks on Christianity? What did he find as he questioned?
10. What are the pagan and Christian view of virtue? What is Chesterton's view of them?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
According to Chesterton, what happens when men deny their inherent sinfulness? What are the philosophical and theological repercussions? How does this belief separate men from each other?
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