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. The classic texts of this form of Judaic mysticism were written ____________.
(a) In Assyria in the fifth and sixth centuries.
(b) In Babylon in the fifth and sixth centuries.
(c) In Canaan in the fifth and sixth centuries.
(d) In Jerusalem in the fifth and sixth centuries.

2. The scientific work of Charles Darwin and the writings of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud led to the conclusion that ____________.
(a) The traditional religions were completely inaccurate.
(b) The traditional religions were now inadequate.
(c) The traditional religions were correct.
(d) The traditional religions were blasphemous.

3. The original intention of the Zionists was to do ____________.
(a) Found a Jewish state.
(b) Provide a spiritual center for the focus of the people of Israel.
(c) Cause chaos among the people of Israel.
(d) Intimidate the Christians.

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

5. In the Eastern church the experience of God was characterized as being like ____________.
(a) Rainbows and doves in the sky.
(b) Thunder and lightning.
(c) Sunbeams that can be seen by humans without them observing the sun, the source of the light.
(d) Raindrops on the soil.

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

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

8. What is a spiritual longing for the redemption of Israel as foretold by the ancient prophets?
(a) Enlightenment.
(b) Sufism.
(c) Kabbalism.
(d) Safedism.

9. 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?
(a) Baruch Spinoza.
(b) Max Bruch.
(c) Moses Mendolssohn.
(d) Oskar Schindler.

10. Who was a Dutch Jew who had become discontented with the ideas in the Torah and joined a group of Gentile freethinkers, which led to his expulsion from the synagogue of Amsterdam?
(a) Immanuel Kant.
(b) Max Bruch.
(c) Baruch Spinoza.
(d) Moses Mendolssohn.

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

12. In 1626, a wealthy Sephardic Jew in Symrna, called Shabbetai Zevi, started a movement in which he declared ____________.
(a) The Messiah was Jesus Christ.
(b) He was the Messiah and that redemption was at hand.
(c) The Messiah had come to the Americas.
(d) He was the Son of the Messiah.

13. 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 impersonal Trinity.
(d) The doctrine of the transpersonal Trinity.

14. To what common element does Armstrong point in all the progressive developments in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religions and, in the same vein, includes the introduction of the Buddhist worship of the Bodhisattvas?
(a) Rules.
(b) Obedience.
(c) Fear.
(d) Compassion.

15. In 1492, what happened when 150,000 Jews refused baptism?
(a) They were worshiped.
(b) They were expelled from Spain.
(c) They were imprisoned in Spain.
(d) They were exterminated.

Short Answer Questions

1. The greatest example of the coming scientific revolution was ____________.

2. The effect of this behavior towards Jewish people was ____________.

3. The development of a Christian mystic tradition blossomed in ____________ century.

4. Back in London Wesley became a convert to this religion and preached his new faith to ____________.

5. What approach to religion does Armstrong advocate?

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