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

2. In this chapter Karen Armstrong outlines the developments in the nineteenth century which led to ____________.
(a) Questioning of God's role on earth.
(b) A renewed acceptance of God.
(c) Questioning of God's purpose for mankind.
(d) Questioning of the existence and relevance of God.

3. All three monotheistic religions were forced to develop ____________ traditions?
(a) Unusual.
(b) Mystical.
(c) Fundamental.
(d) Personal.

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

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

6. The development of a Christian mystic tradition blossomed in ____________ century.
(a) The thirteenth.
(b) The sixteenth.
(c) The fifteenth.
(d) The fourteenth.

7. In the Western world, the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries saw the development of entirely new cultures stemming from ____________.
(a) The Baroque Period.
(b) The Medieval Period.
(c) The Italian Renaissance and the beginning of the scientific discoveries.
(d) The Northern Renaissance.

8. Despite the conservatism occasioned by the rise of _____________ and the suppression of independent reasoning in the Sunni madrasahs, scholars, such as Mulla Sadr (ca 1571-1640), taught a philosophy that fused metaphysics and spirituality.
(a) The Messiah laws.
(b) The Muslim laws.
(c) The Shariah laws.
(d) The Shari laws.

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

10. Muslim influence increased in scope as ____________ gained hold in Asia Minor.
(a) The Persians.
(b) The Franks.
(c) The Ottoman Turks.
(d) The Romans.

11. In _________, a group of Jews, called Zionists, fled from Russia and settled in Palestine.
(a) 1882.
(b) 1782.
(c) 1682.
(d) 1982.

12. Paradoxically, Armstrong identifies strong movements in all three religions to ____________.
(a) A regressive fundamentalism.
(b) A conservative orthodox religion.
(c) A progressive fundamentalism.
(d) Liberalism.

13. How did the teachings of the Northern European mystics affect the religious establishment?
(a) It shocked them.
(b) It excited them.
(c) It angered them.
(d) It scared them.

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) Mennonites and Quakers.
(d) Pennsylvania Dutch and the Amish.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The instability and lack of self-esteem in the Islamic culture, has resulted in ____________.

2. What removes God from the personal human category to transcend the human attributes?

3. What is an inherent danger in a personal God?

4. Why is a personal God necessary?

5. What question is asked but not answered at the end of this book?

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