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Eknath Easwaran
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Nagler refers to the Berkley documentary called Gandhi's India in which one of the women interviewed praised Gandhi's view as one from which there are no limits to ______________, and Nagler praises the clarity with which Gandhi's life demonstrated the point.

2. Seeing that his client was clearly right, and a long court battle would benefit no one but the lawyers, what was Gandhi determined to do?

3. 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.

4. What does this type of revolution mean?

5. How does Gandhi plan on taking the lessons from the failures of his past?

Short Essay Questions

1. What requires courage regarding this movement against the Black Act?

2. What does Easwaran describe in the first chapter?

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

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

5. What is the Black Act? What does Gandhi think of it?

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

7. How was Imperialism put on trial?

8. How did Gandhi find himself when he first arrived in England?

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

10. How does Gandhi deal with the Black Act?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One must learn to eliminate fear.

Part 1) Why must one learn to eliminate fear? How does Gandhi recommend doing this?

Part 2) How is this elimination of fear related to the major religions Gandhi studies?

Part 3) How does a person with no fear compare to one with fear? Do you believe this fearless person is better? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Gandhi's return home was a struggle.

Part 1) Why was his return home a struggle? How did he handle this?

Part 2) How might Gandhi have handled this struggle later in life? Why?

Part 3) How does this struggle lead Gandhi to be the man as the world knows him?

Part 4) What does this say about the importance of one's struggles?

Essay Topic 3

The secret of life, according to Gandhi, is renounce and enjoy.

Part 1) What does this mean? How is this related to the Gita?

Part 2) How is it also related to other religions? Do you agree with Gandhi that this is the secret to life? Why or why not?

Part 3) How can this belief change your life? Why? How could it change society and the world?

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