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Karen Armstrong
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In 312 CE, the emperor Constantine _____________.
(a) Attended his first mass.
(b) Converted to Christianity.
(c) Tortured Christians.
(d) Threatened to have the Christians exiled.

3. Once "God" is presumed to exist as a separate external entity, humans can _____________.
(a) Be like God.
(b) Learn to be more loving and understanding.
(c) Externalize and worship their own prejudices and desires.
(d) Forget about God.

4. What story did Muhammad learn from another cultural group?
(a) The story of Ishmael, Abraham's eldest son, who had participated in the foundation of the Kabah.
(b) The story of Joseph, Jacob's favorite son.
(c) The story of Noah and the Ark.
(d) The story of Cain and Abel.

5. They tried to show that al-Lah was compatible with ____________.
(a) A personal God.
(b) Their rationalist's ideals.
(c) Their fundamentalist ideals.
(d) Mysticism.

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. The earliest account of this man's life is found ____________.

3. Why are theories and philosophies not designed to convince unbelievers?

4. The Romans, initially regarded Christianity as _____________.

5. The Faylasufs developed an advanced notion of God different from ____________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How was tolerance of other religions was not evident in Christian Spain?

2. Why did many European scholars flock to Spain during the twelfth century?

3. Describe the life of Muhammad prior to his epiphany.

4. Describe mysticism in Judaism.

5. What does Armstrong say about the development of the philosophic theories in the Arab culture during the ninth century?

6. Describe Bernard, the abbot of the Cistercian Abby of Clarivaux in Burgundy.

7. Describe Christian mysticism in Northern Europe.

8. How did many Jews respond to the Neoplatonic doctrine?

9. What ideas were being developed by Jews in Europe at this time?

10. What strong religious movements does Armstrong see growing in strength today? What does she think about this?

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