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 evidence does Chesterton present to support his claim that Christ was many sided?

2. Which of the following does Chesterton say of the separation of philosophy and religion?

3. What does Chesterton state that mankind recognized from the very beginning?

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

5. Which of the following does Chesterton say is an important element in the Christian faith?

Short Essay Questions

1. What possible exception does Chesterton make to the statement that Christendom is unique in the creation of church militants? Why does he say the exception doesn't count?

2. 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?

3. Explain what Chesterton meant when he said the birth of Christ turned the universe inside out, or that the circumference had been turned into the center.

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

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

6. Explain how the Christian creed is like a key, according to Chesterton.

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

8. What does Chesterton mean or reference when he says that on Good Friday the best things in the world were at their worst?

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

10. How much have historical events aided or been obstacles to the continuation of the Church?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chesterton's arguments that Buddhism is not a religion and does not have ethics, and that the church is unique in its ability to endure social change is thrown into question by Buddhism itself. Write an essay on Buddhism.

Part 1. Write about the historical spread of Buddhism - when and where it was founded, its subsequent existence and spread throughout history, and its various different types.

Part 2. Who was Buddha? Describe the founder of Buddhism and his teachings.

Part 3. Describe the five precepts, or the code of ethics, in Buddhism.

Part 4. Analyze Chesterton's position on Buddhism in light of your research.

Essay Topic 2

Chesterton discusses at length the metaphor of the key. Write an essay about the way in which religion is, or is not, like a key.

Part 1. Summarize Chesterton's statements regarding religion being like a key.

Part 2. Agree or refute his metaphor, and provide reasons for your position.

Part 3. Provide concrete examples or experiences to back up your position.

Essay Topic 3

In the chapter "The Demons and The Philosophers" Chesterton spends quite a bit of time describing aspects of Confucianism and Buddhism. Write an essay about either Confucianism or Buddhism or both.

Part 1. Who was the man behind the religion? When and where was he born? What did he do during his lifetime?

Part 2. What are some of the fundamental ideologies, practices, and beliefs?

Part 3. Do you agree with Chesterton that this set of beliefs is a mere philosophy or is it a religion? Why or why not?

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