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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 is the main fault with comparing religions?

2. What does Chesterton say of the dark side of paganism or mythology?

3. To what description of the life of the cave-man does Chesterton especially object?

4. What does Chesterton say is the natural result of religion in the home?

5. Why does Chesterton claim that some people have difficulty perceiving Christianity correctly?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Explain how, according to Chesterton, monotheistic religion becomes polytheistic.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On page 82 Chesterton refers to Comtism. Auguste Comte's positivistic philosophy states that metaphysics and theology should be replaced by a hierarchy of sciences. Write an essay about the philosophies of Auguste Comte.

Part 1. Who was Auguste Comte? Write a short biography of the man.

Part 2. What philosophy is he known for? Discuss positivism and Comtism.

Part 3. How do the philosophies of Comte differ from the positions of Chesterton?

Part 4. What is your reaction to the philosophies of Comte?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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