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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Chesterton label as the biggest weakness of science in trying to understand the origins of man?
(a) Theories that are sensational but untrue.
(b) None of these.
(c) The scientists.
(d) The inability to experiment or directly observe.

2. Why does Chesterton claim that some people have difficulty perceiving Christianity correctly?
(a) They cannot separate the religion from history.
(b) They are too close to it.
(c) All of these.
(d) Their personal experiences as Christians get in the way.

3. What support does Egypt give to Chesterton's argument?
(a) Evidence that the most powerful leaders are revered as gods.
(b) Evidence that the state grew more despotic as it grew more civilized.
(c) Great civilizations arose throughout history.
(d) Barbarism can exist in complicated civilizations.

4. Which of the following is something Chesterton says future scientists will deduce from 20th Century initials carved in stone?
(a) The 20th Century did not practice the art of sculpture.
(b) The 20th Century had no cursive or small letters.
(c) The 20th Century had no religion.
(d) All of these.

5. What does Chesterton say is the natural result of religion in the home?
(a) Temperance.
(b) Polytheism.
(c) Revolt in public life.
(d) Religious strife.

6. What does Chesterton attempt to prove by the universality of clothes?
(a) The concept of original sin.
(b) Virtue in cave men.
(c) How ill designed mankind is to survive like a beast.
(d) The need for decoration and artistic expression.

7. What does Chesterton say has been done too much to mythologies of the world?
(a) All of these.
(b) Look for common themes.
(c) Study them scientifically.
(d) Analyze their origins.

8. How does Chesterton characterize the approach of Hannibal to Rome?
(a) Like a hot knife slicing through the resistance.
(b) Riding on the glory of the gods.
(c) Like a dark supernatural power.
(d) Like the reckoning for unholiness.

9. What does Chesterton think physical anthropologists do to excess?
(a) Invest themselves into their theories.
(b) Theorize from very little evidence.
(c) Name the objects of their theories.
(d) Glorify their theories.

10. How does Chesterton say a myth must be appreciated?
(a) As hints of a fundamental belief.
(b) Metaphorically.
(c) In context of the people who created it.
(d) With a poetical, childlike attitude.

11. In Part I, Chapter 1, which of the following does Chesterton recommend doing?
(a) Maintaining a universal perspective.
(b) Turning to religion for answers.
(c) Accepting mankind without explaining it.
(d) Rejecting science.

12. What does Chesterton say is important when viewing mankind?
(a) Realizing what a strange animal he is.
(b) Separating him from historical explanations.
(c) Not comparing him to other animals.
(d) Seeing him through the eyes of religion.

13. Despite the level of sincerity a myth might be understood, what does Chesterton say is still present?
(a) Skepticism.
(b) Reality and religious sentiment.
(c) Superficiality.
(d) Fundamental belief.

14. What sentiment does Chesterton says pervades the ideologies of the far east?
(a) The need for social order.
(b) Focus on the self.
(c) The spirit of repetition and recurrence.
(d) Spirituality through physical beauty.

15. What reason does Chesterton give for acts of cannibalism?
(a) The lack of a true creed and religion.
(b) It is practical for those without the morality to know it is an abomination.
(c) The people are doing the worst thing they can imagine.
(d) The people believe the power of life is transferable.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chesterton say is most present in the mind of man?

2. What form of humanity does Chesterton claim is the unit of the state, or the cell that makes up the formation?

3. How does Chesterton classify the natural progression of myth and religion?

4. Chesterton says cave men cannot be compared to what?

5. What difference does Chesterton assert between the antiquity of Egypt and Babylon on one hand and the antiquity of China on the other?

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