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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. What two civilizations does Chesterton use for evidence against much of the belief in his time about cave men?

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

3. Which of the following is a statement Chesterton makes about paganism?

4. How does Chesterton say a myth must be appreciated?

5. What does Chesterton say is the simplest truth about mankind?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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.

6. How does Chesterton describe the religious experience of the Carthaginians?

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

8. To what depiction of the cave-man does Chesterton most object and why?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On page 94 Chesterton states the following: "And the most ignorant of humanity know by the very look of earth that they have forgotten heaven." Write an essay about the possible meanings and interpretations of this statement.

Part 1. Explain this quote in context of the chapter. To what exactly was Chesterton referring and what did he mean?

Part 2. Look at the quote next in a more general sense. Out of context of the chapter, what meanings might this quote have? Present several possibilities. What are some examples of the "look of earth" that is evidence that heaven has been forgotten?

Part 3. What interpretation means the most to you personally? Why?

Essay Topic 2

In the chapter titled "War of Gods and Demons", Chesterton explores the reasons that men might make the decisions they do. Write an essay about this concept.

Part 1. Explain Chesterton's point of view and what he says motivates people in such extreme situations.

Part 2. Do you agree? Why or why not?

Part 3. This is a huge human concept and can be found repeatedly throughout literature and popular culture. Show some examples of this concept being explored elsewhere.

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter titled "God and Comparative Religion", Chesterton refers to the Book of Job as one of the cornerstones of the world. Write an essay about the Book of Job.

Part 1. What is the Book of Job? When was it written and by whom? Where does it remain as religious text?

Part 2. Summarize the Book of Job, including the content of the conversations.

Part 3. What primary and important topics or themes are discussed in the book? Why are they pivotal?

Part 4. What is your personal belief regarding some of these topics. Do you feel the Book of Job offers valuable and useful insight? Why or why not?

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