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. By the end of ____________century, there was a widespread belief among most modern societies that humankind could exert control over the natural world and replace the old sanctities with fresh and new ideas?
(a) The fourteenth.
(b) The sixteenth.
(c) The seventeenth.
(d) The fifteenth.

2. These practices emphasized the internal journey to experience the Deity and preached the principle that ____________.
(a) God resides in the earth.
(b) God resides in the holy.
(c) God resides in each individual.
(d) God resides in holy places.

3. Christianity attempted to qualify the highly personalized cult of God incarnate by introducing ____________.
(a) The doctrine of the impersonal God.
(b) The doctrine of the one and only God.
(c) The doctrine of the transpersonal Trinity.
(d) The doctrine of the impersonal Trinity.

4. What approach to religion does Armstrong advocate?
(a) The rationalistic and literal interpretation of the sacred scripts.
(b) A fundamentalist approach.
(c) The desirability of a compassionate approach to religion.
(d) A mystical approach.

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

6. Western secularism and the rising dominance of industrialized European countries had a profound effect on ____________.
(a) Americans.
(b) The Muslim religion.
(c) Politics.
(d) The environment.

7. What is the phenomenon which emerged contemporaneously with the rationalization of the Enlightenment?
(a) The "religion of the heart."
(b) The "religion of the soul."
(c) The "religion of the mind."
(d) The "religion of the people."

8. The new religion of Deism became known as ____________.
(a) Enlightenment.
(b) Methodist.
(c) Calvinism.
(d) Lutheran.

9. Was the idea of a personal God developed by all three of the monotheistic religions?
(a) No, only the Muslims.
(b) No, only the Jews.
(c) No, only the Christians.
(d) Yes.

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

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

12. Back in London Wesley became a convert to this religion and preached his new faith to ____________.
(a) The workers and peasants in the countryside.
(b) The bourgeoisie.
(c) Immigrants.
(d) The merchant class.

13. The Catholic church distinguished itself when Pope Innocent VIII promulgated a Papal Bull in 1484. What did this start?
(a) The killing of all non-Christians.
(b) The murder of all infant boys.
(c) The first Holocaust.
(d) The awful witch hunt craze that lasted for two hundred years.

14. The principle of "being born again" and the practice of mysticism-for-everyone resulted, occasionally, in violent ecstasies as witnessed in the gatherings of ____________.
(a) Shakers and German Baptists.
(b) Quakers and Shakers.
(c) Pennsylvania Dutch and the Amish.
(d) Mennonites and Quakers.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Armstrong describes a similar wave of religious fervor, which swept through New England in the 1730's and which became known as ____________.

2. By 1492, the last Muslim stronghold in Spain had fallen to ____________.

3. Was tolerance of other religions was evident in Christian Spain?

4. Karen Armstrong passionately believes that human beings have, in the 4000 years of the quest delineated in her book, always sought ____________.

5. In the Eastern church the experience of God was characterized as being like ____________.

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