Gandhi, the Man Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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 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.

2. By what year were civil rights written into law?

3. Having made a dismal performance in high school, what did Gandhi need?

4. Gandhi described himself as what?

5. The position was as Dada Abdulla's lawyer and a role as what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Easwaran describe in the first chapter?

3. How was Imperialism put on trial?

4. What did Gandhi learn about the law while in South Africa?

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

6. How does Easwaran open this chapter?

7. How is Gandhi irresistible to followers?

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

9. How did Gandhi feel about volunteering? How did these feelings influence him?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Gandhi saw a link between violence and cowardice.

Part 1) Describe this link. What link exists with those who are non-violent? Why? How can Gandhi prove this?

Part 2) Would you agree with the connections Gandhi makes? Why or why not?

Part 3) How are Gandhi's beliefs supported by his religious research? What other historical figures can be used to support these connections made by Gandhi?

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