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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. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. He was such an irresistible fund-raiser for the oppressed in India that even who gave him money for his cause?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Gandhi's uncle do for him after high school?

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

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

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

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

9. How was Imperialism put on trial?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Gandhi studied law in England.

Part 1) Why did he study law in England? How did he change as a result of this experience?

Part 2) What else did Gandhi study while in England? Why does he study this? What does this reveal about Gandhi?

Part 3) How did this time in England prepare him for his future endeavors?

Essay Topic 3

Gandhi established ashrams.

Part 1) What is an ashram? Why does he establish them?

Part 2) How does he benefit from them? How do others benefit from them?

Part 3) How could an ashram be created in our own culture today? How would it benefit our society?

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