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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Chesterton take as evidence that evolution is flawed as a way to define the origins of man?
(a) The changing nature of the theories.
(b) The missing link.
(c) None of these.
(d) The fact that mankind is apparently not evolving now.

2. Why does Chesterton say men fight?
(a) For the greater good.
(b) For the love and protection of his home.
(c) For justice.
(d) To avoid fear and change.

3. What does Chesterton say is missing from the popular depiction of prehistory?
(a) Mysticism.
(b) The family unit.
(c) Humor.
(d) Practicality.

4. What difference does Chesterton assert between the antiquity of Egypt and Babylon on one hand and the antiquity of China on the other?
(a) Egypt and Babylon are linked to biblical places.
(b) The refinement of the Chinese culture sets it apart from the others.
(c) Egypt and Babylon are both fallen cultures.
(d) Egypt and Babylon are part of his cultural tradition.

5. What aspect of the cave-man does Chesterton find greatly important?
(a) The artistry of cave drawings.
(b) The huge difference between cave men and apes.
(c) Language.
(d) The emergence of religion.

6. What reason does Chesterton give that the experiences of the three initial elements of religion cannot be responsible for the rise of mysticism?
(a) No cave art depicts these three things.
(b) They do not provide truth.
(c) They are also the experiences of animals who have not become mystics.
(d) Religion is much more complex than the mingling of three experiences.

7. 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 the reckoning for unholiness.
(d) Like a dark supernatural power.

8. To what description of the life of the cave-man does Chesterton especially object?
(a) Their proximity to apes.
(b) All of these.
(c) Their pagan worship.
(d) The suggested violence of men to women.

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

10. What does Chesterton say of the more advanced non-western cultures?
(a) They were more enlightened and closer to monotheism.
(b) They had stricter moral rules of relgious conduct.
(c) They were more barbaric and their religion darker.
(d) They had more fanciful and less dark mythologies.

11. Chesterton claims the holy trinity is an upside version of what?
(a) Society.
(b) The family.
(c) The three original elements of religion.
(d) Grandfather-Father-Son.

12. According to Chesterton, how does monotheism become polytheistic?
(a) Through the amalgamation of other pagan religions.
(b) Mankind fears the largeness of a single god and so creates others.
(c) None of these.
(d) Dissention about the details of the one God create different versions of what was originally just one.

13. What two civilizations does Chesterton use for evidence against much of the belief in his time about cave men?
(a) Egypt and Mazatlan.
(b) Egypt and Rome.
(c) Rome and Greece.
(d) Egypt and Babylon.

14. What example does Chesterton give about how the church must be viewed?
(a) With the detached impartiality of a martian.
(b) With the wonder of somebody seeing it for the first time.
(c) With the eyes of an anthropologist.
(d) From the daily experiences within it.

15. What does Chesterton say about the idea of reincarnation?
(a) It is not transcendental therefore not religious.
(b) All of these.
(c) It takes away the need or desire for religion.
(d) It is a worldly way of trying to explain the unworldly.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Chesterton say the history of Rome is best understood?

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

3. Who does Chesterton claim to be the best judge of Christianity?

4. What does Chesterton label as the biggest weakness of science in trying to understand the origins of man?

5. What does Chesterton say should not be done with mythologies?

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