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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Did Muhammad claim any divinity?
(a) Not at first.
(b) Yes.
(c) Only early in his preaching.
(d) No.

2. When did Muhammad die?
(a) June 8, 732.
(b) June 8, 832.
(c) June 8, 632.
(d) June 8, 532.

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

4. How was monotheism viewed by the Arabians?
(a) As a way to unify groups of people.
(b) As an unusual belief system.
(c) As the right way to believe.
(d) As a form of control by the imperialists.

5. The grandfather took the newborn to Ka'aba. What was he told upon his arrival?
(a) He would be a great man.
(b) He would be wealthy.
(c) He would die at an old age.
(d) He would be intelligent.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what century did an Arab merchant named Muhammad live in Mecca?

2. What did Muhammad use to force people to convert to Islam?

3. Muhammad founded a Muslim community. Who eventually accepted this?

4. How was the Quran revealed to Muhammad?

5. Are many of the views and values of Islam similar to those of Judaism and Christianity?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Muhammad compare to Jesus?

2. What holy places were important to the Arabs? Why were these places so important?

3. According to Armstrong, on what are most Western views of Islam based?

4. Describe what is known about Muhammad and the Muslim world prior to 610.

5. What happens when Salman Rushdie publishes The Satanic Verses? How is this act a reminder of other acts against Islam by Muslims?

6. What did Muhammad do during the last twenty-three years of his life? Why did he do this?

7. How did the Renaissance help relations between Islam and Christianity?

8. Why were Muslims seen as the enemy of Christians, which led to the Crusades?

9. What is known about Muhammad's early life?

10. How does Armstrong compare the Quran with Christian writings?

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