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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which one of the following is NOT, according to Chesterton, one of the great mysteries?
(a) The origin of God.
(b) The origin of mankind.
(c) The origin of life.
(d) The origin of the universe.

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

3. What does Chesterton say should not be done with mythologies?
(a) Study them scientifically.
(b) See them as merely fanciful stories.
(c) Try to relate to them.
(d) Read them as representative of religion.

4. Who does Chesterton claim to be the best judge of Christianity?
(a) An atheist.
(b) An agnostic.
(c) A Christian.
(d) A Confucian.

5. What does Chesterton propose to do in order to explain the faults of comparative religion?
(a) Look at the church from the inside.
(b) Look at Christianity as if it were a foreign religion.
(c) Reclassify the major religions of the world by different standards.
(d) Analyze the origins of each religion.

6. How does Chesterton describe the concept of monotheism?
(a) The necessary end of all evolving religion.
(b) As large and easy to live with as the sky.
(c) The Everest of spirituality.
(d) A terrifying notion for the small minded.

7. What does Chesterton say is a danger when analyzing mythologies?
(a) That it would be too easy to get lost in the subtleties.
(b) That they may seem to be understood.
(c) That it is a futile pursuit because they are meaningless.
(d) None of these.

8. Which of the following is a point Chesterton makes regarding the government of early man?
(a) Their leaders were mystics.
(b) They had no widely spread form of government.
(c) Their government was not headed by a leader like the "Old Man."
(d) We know nothing regarding their government.

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

10. What does Chesterton say of the dark side of paganism or mythology?
(a) They have a feeling of no nonsense about them.
(b) It is less poetical than the light side.
(c) It is more practical than the light side.
(d) All of these.

11. What does say Chesterton say would have been very different if the battle between Carthage and Rome were different?
(a) The struggle which established Christendom.
(b) Christendom.
(c) The world.
(d) The common face of religion.

12. 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 are also the experiences of animals who have not become mystics.
(c) They do not provide truth.
(d) Religion is much more complex than the mingling of three experiences.

13. What does Chesterton say of the Roman polytheism before the time of Christ?
(a) The gods became closer to people.
(b) The gods took on a more domestic nature.
(c) The gods became more localized.
(d) All of these.

14. What does Chesterton propose to accomplish in the book "The Everlasting Man"?
(a) Convert the disbelieving to Christianity.
(b) Explain the importance of the religion.
(c) Disprove modern anthropological theories of the origins of mankind.
(d) Show the uniqueness of the Christian church and of man.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What opinion does Chesterton hold of the concept "realpolitik," or the notion that men fight for material purposes?

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

3. According to Chesterton, what do mythologies have the power to do?

4. What does Chesterton claim the evidence proves about cave men?

5. What importance does Chesterton give to the pace at which things go?

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