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. Which of the following does Chesterton NOT list as one of the five deaths of the faith?

2. How is the creed of Jesus like a key, according to Chesterton?

3. Which of the following does Chesterton say is the most puzzling and terrifying?

4. To what does Chesterton compare early Christianity?

5. What great paradox rests at the heart of Christianity?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Chesterton mean when he refers to the Church's ability to rise again?

2. Explain how Chesterton refutes the popular argument that Christ's teachings are dated because he was "a man of his time".

3. Why does Chesterton attempt to look at the Gospels as one who had never seen them before?

4. Explain the logic behind Chesterton's statement, "If the ecclesiastical and dogmatic system is as old as the Pentecost then it is as old as Christmas."

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

6. Explain Chesterton's statement, "I do not believe that mythology must begin with eroticism. But I do believe that mythology must end in it." To what was he referring?

7. How does Chesterton refute the common idea to label Christ as a man who was a great philosopher, or a social reformer, or a healer?

8. Describe the Europe that Chesterton says would exist if the world still lived in paganism.

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

10. Explain the difference that Chesterton sees in the wandering of Christ from the wandering of other philosophers.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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