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

2. According to Chesterton, how do civilization and barbarism interact?
(a) Civilization is a reaction to barbarism.
(b) They return in cycles.
(c) They have always existed side-by-side.
(d) None of these.

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

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

5. Chesterton's list of great influential philosophers includes which of the following?
(a) Marcus Aurelius, Socrates, Confucius.
(b) Confucius, Buddha, Akenahten.
(c) Confucius, Buddha, John the Baptist.
(d) Aristotle, Akenahhten, Caesar.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chesterton compare to the variation found in cheeses or wine?

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

3. What does Chesterton say about superstition?

4. Which of the following is a point Chesterton makes regarding the government of early man?

5. Despite the level of sincerity a myth might be understood, what does Chesterton say is still present?

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. Explain where, according to Chesterton, we find religion and reason and how they interact.

3. In the beginning of the introduction, Chesterton uses an analogy of a boy leaving his farmland home and looking back on his homeland as he does so. What is he trying to explain or make clear with this analogy?

4. Chesterton says he wants to reclassify religions. What does he mean and how does he intend to do it?

5. Chesterton claims to see the concept of an all powerful God in many pagan religions. Explain his position.

6. Explain how, according to Chesterton, monotheistic religion becomes polytheistic.

7. How sincere does Chesterton say myths are? Explain your answer.

8. What simple truth about mankind does Chesterton deduce from his discussion of the cave drawings? What arguments does he make?

9. How does Chesterton refute the statement that prehistoric man "wore no clothes"?

10. Explain how Chesterton uses Egypt and Babylon to further his arguments.

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