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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Jahiliyah mean?
(a) The period of understanding.
(b) The period of ignorance.
(c) The period of sadness.
(d) The period of pain.

2. There was more understanding of Islam by the eighteenth century. How did Islam become accepted?
(a) As a legitimate religion.
(b) As a form of Christianity.
(c) As a pagan religion.
(d) As a form of Judaism.

3. For what reason did shrines represent a place of relaxation and meditation?
(a) No fighting was allowed in the areas around them.
(b) It was quiet in the shrines.
(c) The gods looked over the shrines.
(d) There were no other places for relaxation and meditation.

4. What is the Quran a source of information?
(a) The history of Muhammad's Islamic community.
(b) The New Testament.
(c) The history of Muhammad's life.
(d) The Old Testament.

5. What do the Muslim religious authorities think about fatwa and the taking of lives?
(a) It must be done when necessary.
(b) They believe these acts are a part of the Quran.
(c) Muhammad would approve of this behavior.
(d) They are illegal and against the teachings of Islam.

6. What did many scholars like Martin Luther feel that Christianity would be overcome by?
(a) Buddhism.
(b) Judaism.
(c) Islam.
(d) The Catholic Church.

7. The farmers provided the nomads with food. What did the nomadic tribes provide the farmers with?
(a) Friendship.
(b) Protection.
(c) Children.
(d) Food.

8. Muhammad founded a Muslim community. Who eventually accepted this?
(a) The Jewish world.
(b) The Arab world.
(c) The Christian world.
(d) The Buddhist world.

9. Was the published version based on the order in which Muhammad preached the teachings?
(a) Yes.
(b) Very little of it.
(c) Most of it.
(d) No.

10. To most Westerners, whom does Islam pertain to?
(a) The faithful.
(b) The ignorant.
(c) Muhammad.
(d) The radicals.

11. What did Muhammad use to force people to convert to Islam?
(a) Threats of damnation.
(b) Threats.
(c) Money.
(d) His sword.

12. Muhammad followed his religion and made the yearly spiritual retreat to a cave. Where was this cave?
(a) In Mount Arafat.
(b) In Mount Hira.
(c) In Mount St. Helens.
(d) In Mount Fuji.

13. What is Islam seen as a breakaway corrupt version of?
(a) Christianity.
(b) Judaism.
(c) Buddhism.
(d) Hinduism.

14. At this time, who was accepted as the one God?
(a) The al-Llah of Islam.
(b) Muhammad.
(c) Buddha.
(d) Jesus.

15. If more people understood the teachings of the religion instead of the teachings and practices of the radicals, how would the Islamic world be viewed?
(a) No differently.
(b) Differently.
(c) Almost the same.
(d) Worse.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did the Arabs of the time believe in the coming of?

2. By what century was Europe actively fighting Islam?

3. Christians have been reluctant to acknowledge that Muslims worship the same God as they and the Jews do. What do many of them view Islam as?

4. The views that the Europeans developed during the period of the Crusades carried over into the present day and became intensified as what happened?

5. As a result of this experience, he began preaching to the Arab world. What did this world consist of?

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