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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What importance does Chesterton give to the pace at which things go?
(a) The pace at which things go makes no difference on how we perceive them.
(b) The pace at which things go determines their importance and influence.
(c) A fast pace makes things seem like a miracle.
(d) The real question is in why they go at all.

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

3. To what popular religious practice of his time does Chesterton object?
(a) Incorporating localized traditions into religious practice.
(b) Mass in English.
(c) Reading religious texts as metaphors.
(d) The worship of the entirety of mankind as a supreme being.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chesterton say is the real rival to the the Church of Christ?

2. What does Chesterton think seeing mankind correctly will accomplish?

3. Which of the following does Chesterton say of myths?

4. Which of the following does Chesterton note it is important to remember about the psychology of myths?

5. What does Chesterton say about superstition?

Short Essay Questions

1. As a way to demonstrate the potential deficiencies in deductive reasoning, Chesterton uses an example of 20th Century initials being carved in a rock. Explain this example and what it is meant to convey.

2. In the chapter titled "The War of the Gods and Demons", who are the Gods and who are the Demons? Why does Chesterton label them as such?

3. Who, according to Chesterton, are some of the greatest philosophers?

4. How does Chesterton describe the religious experience of the Romans?

5. How does Chesterton define the view of non-Christians who live in a Christian society?

6. Explain the phrase from the introduction, "...The moment we are really impartial about it, we know why people are partial to it."

7. How does Troy and the Iliad enter into Chesterton's argument?

8. Explain how and why, according to Chesterton, the pace at which things move changes our perception of them.

9. How well does Chesterton think science is explaining the origins of mankind? Why?

10. What is Chesterton's analysis of symbols such as the circle, the swastika, and the cross?

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