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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Why are theories and philosophies not designed to convince unbelievers?
(a) All people were atheists.
(b) There were, at that point in time, no people called atheists.
(c) There were, at that point in time, no people called agnostics.
(d) All people were Christians.

3. 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 Third Crusade.
(d) The First Crusade.

4. Does the expression "Son of God" bear the same connotation in Hebrew as it does in Greek?
(a) Yes.
(b) Somewhat.
(c) No.
(d) Almost.

5. Christianity was a religion of __________.
(a) Romans.
(b) The wealthy.
(c) Europeans.
(d) Slaves and lower caste people.

6. The earliest account of this man's life is found ____________.
(a) In the Gospel of St. Matthew.
(b) In the Gospel of St. Luke.
(c) In the Gospel of St Mark.
(d) In the Gospel of St. John.

7. This city is located in what is now the Western province of ____________.
(a) Iraq.
(b) Israel.
(c) Saudi Arabia.
(d) Iran.

8. 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.

9. To rationalize the shock of his death by crucifixion, his followers subscribed to the belief that ________.
(a) He is seated at the right hand of the Father.
(b) He had died peacefully.
(c) He had not died.
(d) He had risen from death to immortality and that he had been, indeed, the promised Messiah.

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

11. Muhammad experienced his epiphany during ___________.
(a) The Christmas season of 610.
(b) The Purin retreat of 610.
(c) The Ramadan retreat of 610.
(d) The Passover season of 610.

12. In 622 CE, accepting an invitation from the inhabitants of Yathrib, Muhammad and his followers migrated to ______.
(a) What is the modern city of Cairo.
(b) What is the modern city of Jerusalem.
(c) What is the modern city of Medina to the north of Mecca.
(d) What is the modern city of Baghdad.

13. The emergence of the cult of Jesus from the established church of Judaism was accompanied by passionate dispute, and many disciples of Jesus ____________.
(a) Remained within the conventional Jewish faith.
(b) Started their own religion.
(c) Left the Jewish faith.
(d) Lost faith in religion.

14. What is the belief stated in this doctrine?
(a) The world was created by God in seven days.
(b) The world was created by accident.
(c) The world was created by God from nothing.
(d) The world was created by man.

15. What is the Kabah?
(a) A temple.
(b) A religious book.
(c) A prayer.
(d) A shrine in the center of Mecca.

Short Answer Questions

1. In this chapter Karen Armstrong deals with the dramatic rise of a charismatic faith healer in North Palestine. Who is this man?

2. In 312 CE, the emperor Constantine _____________.

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

4. What does the Koran mean?

5. Is any further development of revelation possible in Christianity?

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