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Eknath Easwaran
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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. Having promised his mother not to eat meat as the English did, Gandhi took up the scientific study of what?
(a) The vegetarian diet.
(b) The raw foods diet.
(c) The Atkins diet.
(d) The British diet.

2. When a British passenger discovered him there, what did he demand that Gandhi do?
(a) Get off the train.
(b) Move to third class.
(c) Go to the back of the car.
(d) Stand up.

3. Gandhi found himself a solitary apartment and began by doing what?
(a) Decorating it.
(b) Hosting parties.
(c) Modeling himself after a fellow student whose poverty dictated that he cook his own meals and walk instead of paying for transportation.
(d) Looking for a roommate.

4. 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 is a good example to follow.
(b) To consider whether Gandhi might be the most significant historical figure of the 20th century.
(c) To consider whether Gandhi helped others.
(d) To consider whether Gandhi was a great man.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. The author comes from Gandhi's home and ethos, and sees the world from a perspective very like Gandhi's instead of through what?

3. ________________ itself was on trial as Gandhi told about how the streets were filled with the starving and sick who became poorer and poorer while the British got rich from the labor of the Indians.

4. What did Gandhi call the new form of resistance?

5. From that moment, Easwaran's lifelong dedication to ______________ took on a new life as he strove to embody the principals of the Bhagavad Gita in the same way he had seen them made real in the person of Gandhi.

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the Salt Satyagraha of 1930?

2. What is Gandhi's reputation at this time in South Africa? Why?

3. What was different about Gandhi's behavior compared to other men in his position?

4. How did Gandhi come to be married to Kasturbai?

5. How did Gandhi feel about English customs? What did he do with these feelings?

6. What is one of the most potent moments in Gandhi's life?

7. How is Gandhi irresistible to followers?

8. What does Gandhi call the new form of resistance? What does it mean?

9. What happens when Gandhi meets the leader of the Transvaal government?

10. What intervened in Gandhi's life after graduation and his return to India?

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