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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. Where did Gandhi first attempt to practice law?

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

3. Gandhi described himself as what?

4. 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?

5. As Mahadev Desai read the words of the Bhagavad Gita describing the man who has let ________________ shape his being and shed all selfish desire to a gathering of followers, Easwaran was astonished to see the words become reality in the person of Mahatma Gandhi.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Easwaran describe in the first chapter?

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

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

5. How was Imperialism put on trial?

6. How does Easwaran open this chapter?

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

8. How does Gandhi go about changing India?

9. How is Gandhi irresistible to followers?

10. What is ahimsa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In South Africa, Gandhi's attitude toward law changed.

Part 1) What was Gandhi doing in South Africa? How was his attitude changed regarding law?

Part 2) How did the discovery about law change other aspects of Gandhi's life? Why?

Part 3) How did his experiences in England prepare him for this change in South Africa? How did this change guide him down a new path?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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