The Everlasting Man Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 would have happened if Christ had not come when he did?

2. According to Chesterton, what makes the enduring quality of the church so remarkable?

3. To the Romans, who were used to hearing about so many different sects and religions, what does Chesterton say was different when they heard about Christ?

4. Which of the following is a statement Chesterton makes about early Christianity?

5. To what does Chesterton compare early Christianity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What two elements does Chesterton claim the church unites? How does it do it?

2. Chesterton discusses the popular notion that early Christianity rose in a barbarous time and place. Explain Chesterton's views on this matter.

3. Explain what Chesterton means when he says that Asia is old but Europe is born again.

4. What was the religious state of Rome when Christ appeared?

5. How does Chesterton prove that you can determine the beliefs of the church by what it rejected?

6. According to Chesterton, how do Hector and Achilles compare when looked at historically?

7. What important role does Herod play in the Christmas story as Chesterton sees it?

8. What comprises the last chapter of the book "The Everlasting Man"? Summarize what it says.

9. What significance does Chesterton assign to the Christmas story happening in a cave?

10. Explain Chesterton's view on the role of the mother in the Christmas story.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chesterton devotes an entire chapter to describing the Punic war between Carthage and Rome. Write an essay about this war.

Part 1. Give some general background about the time and places involved. What were they like before the war?

Part 2. What are the known facts about this war? Where do we get these facts? Describe the general happenings of the war from a militaristic or strategic standpoint.

Part 3. Incorporating Chesterton's position into your essay, describe what you feel are the more human reasons and experiences that were prevalent in this war. Do you agree with Chesterton's interpretation? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Chesterton spends quite a bit of time disputing the popular scientific theories of his time. Write an essay about the scientific theories on the origins of man.

Part 1. How is new knowledge incorporated into the scientific record? Explain the scientific method.

Part 2. What special difficulties does research into an untestable subject such as prehistory present? What methods have been developed to work around them?

Part 3. What are the current scientific theories regarding the origins of man?

Part 4. How do these theories differ with the ones existent in Chesterton's time? Are his arguments still valid?

Essay Topic 3

The Chapter titled "The Riddles of Gospel" is about the New Testament. Write an essay about the New Testament.

Part 1. Provide background information about the New Testament. What form does it take? How did it come into existence? How were the books selected? When and where does it take place?

Part 2. Summarize the contents of the New Testament, giving detail for the parts to be discussed later.

Part 3. How are Christ and the New Testament commonly represented in churches? Is this a true representation? Is it a good one? Why or why not?

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