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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. Gandhi met with Lord Irwin to negotiate, and made a point of taking a tiny bag of salt from his cloak and told the viceroy that he would drink his tea with salt in remembrance of what?

2. Following a period of complete submission to all of the nuances of English dress and society, Gandhi concluded that the practice was doing what to him?

3. Leaving Kasturbai again, this time with two sons, Gandhi left for South Africa in the hopes of what?

4. When his rebellion brought Gandhi into the presence of the leader of the Transvaal government himself, what did Gandhi do?

5. 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.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Gandhi go about changing India?

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

3. What does Easwaran describe in the first chapter?

4. What did Gandhi do when his spirituality increased?

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

6. How is Gandhi irresistible to followers?

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

8. With what was Gandhi confronted in South Africa? How did he deal with this?

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

10. How was Imperialism put on trial?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The principles used in Self-Satyagraha can be used in regards to various individuals.

Part 1) What principles can be used to keep harmony in a relationship and family? How do these relationships benefit from these principles?

Part 2) How can these principles then be used in ever larger groups? How might society as we know it change is satyagrahas took place?

Part 3) How can satyagraha take place in your school community? What can you do to encourage the following of these principles? How would this change the school environment? Why would this environment be changed?

Essay Topic 2

A guiding principle from the Gita is undivided singleness of mind.

Part 1) What is meant by undivided singleness of mind? Why is it important to Gandhi?

Part 2) How is this connected to Gandhi's secret to life?

Part 3) How does the use of meditation and mantras support this idea? How does yoga also aid in this?

Essay Topic 3

As a child, Gandhi was unremarkable.

Part 1) How was he an unremarkable child? Why was he unremarkable?

Part 2) Why is this important to know about him?

Part 3) How is he transformed into the powerful man he later becomes? By who and what was he inspired? How is he an inspiration today?

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