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

2. What example does Chesterton give about how the church must be viewed?

3. What does Chesterton say has been done too much to mythologies of the world?

4. What does Chesterton claim as a fundamental fact of all civilizations before Christ?

5. Which of the following best describes Chesterton's view of the theory of evolution?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

6. Explain how Chesterton says myths are best understood and appreciated. Explain your answer.

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

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

9. Explain what Chesterton was trying to explain with his example of the horse and rider.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chesterton describes the history of Asia as flat and uneventful, but a brief look into Asia's history shows a land of color and change. Write an essay about the history of Asia over the last two thousand years or so.

Part 1. What was Asia like at the beginning of Christendom? Which religions were most widespread?

Part 2. Write a history of Asia that includes the rise and fall of the major empires, the spread of religions, and the various occupations of different parts of Asia throughout history. Make sure to include the rise and spread of Buddhism.

Part 3. How does this history compare to Chesterton's portrayal of the history of Asia? How does it affect his arguments?

Essay Topic 2

Chesterton uses cave paintings as the basis for a general statement about mankind.

Part 1. Write a brief introduction to cave paintings. When and where were they created? What do they depict?

Part 2. What does Chesterton assert about cave paintings?

Part 3. How does Chesterton use cave paintings as a way to refute some of the scientific theories of his time?

Part 4. What general conclusion about mankind does Chesterton make? What is his logic in reaching this conclusion?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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