A History of God: The 4000-year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Faylasufs developed an advanced notion of God different from ____________.
(a) That of the non-traditional Koran.
(b) That of the Christians.
(c) That of the Jews.
(d) That of the traditional Koran.

2. Whose preaching resulted in the belief that the newly emerging religion could and should be embraced by the Gentiles?
(a) St. Thomas Aquinas's.
(b) St. Paul's.
(c) St. Simon's.
(d) St. Peter's.

3. The application of their method to the Koran was also influenced by ____________ teachings.
(a) Persian, Indian, and Gnostic.
(b) Persian, Buddhist, and Hindu.
(c) Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist.
(d) Jewish, Gnostic, and Hindu.

4. The development of conflicting philosophies of the nature and existence of God took place against the backdrop of ____________.
(a) The Fourth Crusade.
(b) The Second Crusade.
(c) The First Crusade.
(d) The Third Crusade.

5. Initially, Muhammad's message was to warn the Quraysh about ____________.
(a) Asking for forgiveness of sins.
(b) The coming of Salvation.
(c) Amending their lives and paying less attention to the accumulation of wealth and power.
(d) The need for grace.

6. In the early years of his mission, Muhammad gathered many converts, especially from among ____________.
(a) The non-Muslim generation.
(b) The younger generation.
(c) The older generation.
(d) Female groups.

7. What became clear to Muhammad regarding the majority of Jews in Medina?
(a) They trusted him.
(b) They were also Muslims.
(c) They shared many of the same beliefs as him.
(d) They were permanently hostile to him.

8. Who is Bernard?
(a) The Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
(b) The abbot of the Cistercian Abby of Clairvaux in Burgundy.
(c) A popular priest in Paris.
(d) An archbishop in the Roman Catholic Church.

9. What was considered blasphemous by Jews and later by Muslims?
(a) The Trinity.
(b) Manifest Destiny.
(c) The Ark of the Covenant.
(d) God the Father.

10. Bernard's influence outshone that of ____________.
(a) Pope Eugene II and King Louis VII of France.
(b) Other priests.
(c) The Jews and Muslims.
(d) The bourgeoisie.

11. What vision did Muhammad experience?
(a) A vision of the Angel Gabriel.
(b) A vision of God.
(c) A vision of Satan.
(d) A vision of Jesus.

12. The Jews tried to modify this theory ____________.
(a) To allow God more power over humanity.
(b) To allow God more time to create the world.
(c) To allow God a certain degree of spontaneity and free will.
(d) To allow God to have more control.

13. Thomas Aquinas made a lasting contribution to Western Christianity by trying to synthesize ____________.
(a) Augustine and Greek philosophy.
(b) Augustine and Muslim philosophy.
(c) Muslim and Greek philosophy.
(d) Greek and Buddhist philosophy.

14. The Sufis claimed that they experienced God through ____________.
(a) An intuitive process.
(b) Prayer.
(c) Physical touch.
(d) A rational or metaphysical manner.

15. After the synod, confusion still reigned in the Christian church with a competing philosophy developing at ________.
(a) Nice.
(b) Cappadocia.
(c) Nicaea.
(d) Constantinople.

Short Answer Questions

1. A consequence of God being presumed to exist as a separate external entity is that he assumes the attributes of _______________.

2. It was after his execution as a common criminal that Jesus' followers decided _____________.

3. Muhammad instructed his followers to prostrate themselves in the direction of the Kabah in Mecca instead of at ____________.

4. The Greek influence on theology formed the core of the idea of ____________.

5. The earliest account of this man's life is found ____________.

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