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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Karen Armstrong suggests that all of these types of movements in these three religions are ____________.
(a) A retreat from God.
(b) A union with God.
(c) An acceptance of God.
(d) An understanding of God.

2. The Kabbalists still struggled with the problem of ____________.
(a) Declining membership.
(b) Jewish mistrust.
(c) Defining the nature of God.
(d) Christian intolerance.

3. More and more writers and philosophers struggle to develop ideas which might replace ____________.
(a) Christianity.
(b) Islam.
(c) New religions.
(d) The old religions.

4. The medieval forms of religion erupted into fragmented sects and belief systems, led by such reformers as ____________.
(a) Calvin and Wesley.
(b) Baruch and Wesley.
(c) Luther and Calvin.
(d) Luther and Wesley.

5. Sigmund Freud considered belief in a God as ____________.
(a) Understandable.
(b) An illusion.
(c) Unusual.
(d) Typical.

6. By 1492, the last Muslim stronghold in Spain had fallen to ____________.
(a) The Christian forces of Franz Ferdinand.
(b) The Christian forces of Constantine.
(c) The Christian forces of Pope John Paul.
(d) The Christian forces of Ferdinand and Isabella.

7. The Safavids rose up in Iran, and the Moghul Empire emerged ____________.
(a) In China.
(b) In Nepal.
(c) In India.
(d) In Pakistan.

8. Darwin's ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES seemed to ____________.
(a) Enhance the story of the Creation in Genesis.
(b) Support the story of the Creation in Genesis.
(c) Question the story of the Creation in Genesis.
(d) Negate the story of the Creation in Genesis.

9. The principles of Kabbalism were enunciated in _____________, a text written in 1275 by the Spanish mystic Moses of Leon.
(a) The Zorba.
(b) The Kallah.
(c) The Koran.
(d) The Zohar.

10. Karen Armstrong passionately believes that human beings have, in the 4000 years of the quest delineated in her book, always sought ____________.
(a) Peace and love.
(b) An answer to the questions raised by religion and the idea of God.
(c) Power and might.
(d) Harmony and understanding.

11. Kabbalists used _______________ between the essence of God and the God who is revealed by the reality of creation.
(a) The Gnostic and Neoclassical distinction.
(b) The Gnostic and Neoplatonic distinction.
(c) The Vedic and Neopolitan distinction.
(d) The Vedic and Neoplatonic distinction.

12. The greatest example of the coming scientific revolution was ____________.
(a) Da Vinci's study of the human body.
(b) Da Vinci's study of flight.
(c) Newton's Law of Gravity.
(d) Galileo's telescope and his profound insight into the meaning of the earth's place in the universe.

13. Implied in these modifications in the traditional religions and their concepts of God is the notion that ____________.
(a) The way forward might be in a unification of the concept of the deity.
(b) The way forward might be in an ending of the concept of the deity.
(c) The way forward might be in conflicting ideas of the concept of the deity.
(d) The way forward might be in a separation of the concept of the deity.

14. What did this mystical tradition describe?
(a) A journey to the Throne of God through the mythical realm of ten heavens.
(b) A journey to the Throne of God through the mythical realm of five heavens.
(c) A journey to the Throne of God through the mythical realm of heaven.
(d) A journey to the Throne of God through the mythical realm of seven heavens.

15. When John Wesley sailed to the New World colony of Georgia in 1735, he was greatly impressed by ____________.
(a) Franciscan missionaries.
(b) Buddhist monks.
(c) Missionaries from a Moravian sect.
(d) Mormon missionaries.

Short Answer Questions

1. The focal point for the new spirituality was in the town of ____________.

2. In this chapter Karen Armstrong outlines the developments in the nineteenth century which led to ____________.

3. All three monotheistic religions were forced to develop ____________ traditions?

4. Who was the German philosopher who propounded the liberal ideas of the Enlightenment and paved the way for Judaism to enter the arena of modern Europe?

5. Nietzsche proclaimed that God ____________.

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