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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. If men were like other animals, what does Chesterton argue that we should see?

2. What does Chesterton say the cross represents?

3. Who or what does Chesterton credit with the preservation of the true religion of mankind?

4. Who does Chesterton say would be the second best judge of Christianity?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Summarize Chesterton's explanation of the battle between Carthage and Rome.

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

7. How does Chesterton refute the idea that religion came from people's experiences with authority, dreams, and the cycles of life?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about C.S. Lewis.

Part 1. Write a short biography of C.S. Lewis. When and where did he live? What did he do professionally?

Part 2. What kind of material did C.S. Lewis write? What are some of his better known works?

Part 3. How did C.S. Lewis's views on God and Christianity change throughout his life? What influence did "The Everlasting Man" have on C.S. Lewis?

Essay Topic 2

In the chapter titled "The Witness of the Heretics" Chesterton talks about Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science. Write an essay about Christian Science and its founder.

Part 1. Write a short biography of Mary Baker Eddy and what led her to create Christian Science.

Part 2. Provide details about the beginning of Christian Science, including its inception and founding ideologies.

Part 3. How widely is Christian Science practiced today? Explain the spread and evolution of Christian Science.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about the nativity of Jesus.

Part 1. Tell the nativity story, emphasizing the importance of the pivotal parts you plan on discussing later.

Part 2. Discuss the sources and origins of the Christmas story.

Part 3. What do the various elements in the story represent? Do your views agree with Chesterton's?

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