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

2. 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.

3. What does Chesterton claim as a fundamental fact of all civilizations before Christ?
(a) The fear of mystical leaders.
(b) The monopoly of religion to those with power.
(c) The insignificance of the individual before the state.
(d) The ineffectiveness of mystic rule.

4. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chesterton say is a danger when analyzing mythologies?

2. If man was once no more than an animal, what does does Chesterton say might be entertained?

3. What happens when an onlooker tries to envision the church as a member of a throng of superstitions lobbying for believers?

4. What does Chesterton say of the more advanced non-western cultures?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Chesterton, how accurate is H. G. Wells's concept of the "Old Man"?

3. What explanation does Chesterton give for the common themes running through world mythologies?

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

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

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

7. Explain the significance that Chesterton gives the cave drawings regarding the nature of the cave man.

8. Explain the example Chesterton uses of nomadic peoples to explain the classification of religions.

9. What parallel does Chesterton make between social structure and cannibalism? Explain.

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

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