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Eknath Easwaran
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the only universal thing?
(a) Happiness.
(b) Love.
(c) Peace.
(d) Truth.

2. Easwaran opens his chapter describing the Way of Love by recounting what story?
(a) A transformative trip Gandhi took by train.
(b) A transformative trip Gandhi took by boat.
(c) A transformative vacation Gandhi took to England.
(d) A transformative vacation Gandhi took to India.

3. When the passenger summoned the police, what happened?
(a) They left him sitting alone at Maritzburg Station.
(b) They left him alone in his seat.
(c) They physically moved him to third class.
(d) They arrested him.

4. Finding himself happier and healthier for the change, Gandhi shifted his attention to what?
(a) Studying religion.
(b) Understanding British culture.
(c) His diet.
(d) Looking for a new wife.

5. How does Gandhi plan on taking the lessons from the failures of his past?
(a) To stay away from anything that could cause failure.
(b) Be proud of his accomplishments and to forget his failures.
(c) To not run from failure again.
(d) To think of his family first.

6. Britain had forbidden Indians to gather their own salt, requiring instead that they buy it at a premium from British sources. So, on Gandhi's signal, all of India would simply walk to the ocean and pick up the salt that laid there for the taking and buy and sell it locally from each other, as if the law had never been enacted. What was this called?
(a) The Salt Collection of 1925.
(b) The Salt Selling of 1920.
(c) The Salt Wars of 1935.
(d) The Salt Satyagraha of 1930.

7. When were Gandhi and Kasturbai married?
(a) When Gandhi was twenty years old.
(b) When Gandhi was thirteen years old.
(c) When Gandhi was eighteen years old.
(d) When Gandhi was twenty-two years old.

8. The author comes from Gandhi's home and ethos, and sees the world from a perspective very like Gandhi's instead of through what?
(a) The perspective of other Indian cultural groups.
(b) A Middle Eastern viewpoint.
(c) Any Westernized lens.
(d) A traditionally Indian background.

9. Through a connection of his brother's, Gandhi was given a ____________ contract with a Muslim firm in South Africa to work what he thought would be a clerical position well below the dignity of his education.
(a) Five-year long.
(b) Ten-year long.
(c) Two-year long.
(d) Year-long.

10. What does this type of revolution mean?
(a) Do what needs to be done.
(b) Holding fast to truth.
(c) Forget the truth.
(d) Listen to yourself.

11. Michael N. Nagler of the University of California, Berkley provides the forward for the book, and opens by asking the reader what?
(a) To consider whether Gandhi might be the most significant historical figure of the 20th century.
(b) To consider whether Gandhi helped others.
(c) To consider whether Gandhi is a good example to follow.
(d) To consider whether Gandhi was a great man.

12. Gandhi coined the word ____________ to describe the Dalits (the oppressed), to call them the children of God, in order to remind the higher classes that their actions toward the oppressed was a part of their worship of God.
(a) Maharijan.
(b) Harijan.
(c) Darijan.
(d) Madarijan.

13. Addressing the concept of ____________, Gandhi pleaded with the Indians that one cannot participate in such a system without becoming another of its victims and weakening the nation as a whole.
(a) Untouchability.
(b) Poverty.
(c) Race.
(d) Religion.

14. The remarkable thing about humanity, he says, is not its ability to shape our world, but ______________________.
(a) Its ability to be shaped by others.
(b) The capacity in each individual to reshape himself according to the highest ideals.
(c) God's ability to shape humanity.
(d) Out world's ability to shape humanity.

15. To whom was Gandhi deeply devoted?
(a) His education.
(b) His family.
(c) His culture.
(d) His friends.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Gandhi's uncle suggest he do?

2. What does the author say about Gandhi as a boy?

3. Gandhi described himself as what?

4. Gandhi determined that the whole British-Indian relationship could be transformed with such an approach of non-violence, or ____________.

5. Gandhi sulked in his homesickness until when?

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