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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 does Chesterton say about the idea of reincarnation?

2. What does Chesterton propose to accomplish in the book "The Everlasting Man"?

3. Chesterton says cave men cannot be compared to what?

4. What does Chesterton say about superstition?

5. What does Chesterton take as evidence that evolution is flawed as a way to define the origins of man?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What concept regarding civilization and barbarism throughout history does Chesterton refute? What does he say?

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

8. In the chapter titled "The War of the Gods and Demons", who are the Gods and who are the Demons? Why does Chesterton label them as such?

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

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 argues that Confucianism and Buddhism are philosophies and not religions. Write an essay about what it means to be a religion.

Part 1. How are the words religious and religion defined by the dictionary or encyclopedia? What are some variations to the definitions?

Part 2. Is religion necessarily theistic? How does the presence of god in a religion change it?

Part 3. Analyze and compare Chesterton's arguments with your own set of definitions about religion.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter "War of Gods and Demons" Chesterton depicts the Romans as a people standing against a powerful evil that they would rather die than live under. This theme is common to two authors who were contemporaries and colleagues of Chesterton's: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Discuss this common theme.

Part 1. Explain the scene in which Chesterton describes the Romans and the emotion behind it.

Part 2. What is the core of this experience that Chesterton defends? Where else can it be found?

Part 3. Compare and contrast the scene from Chesterton's book to the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, or both.

Part 4. How did the other author or authors explore and vary this scene?

Part 5. Why does this subject have such an emotional impact that it creates such enduring stories?

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