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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. How was the Prophet Muhammad viewed?
2. There are many stories surrounding Muhammad's youth. Are any documented?
3. Did Muhammad claim any divinity?
4. What led the author to look at the religion and at the Prophet Muhammad?
5. As a result of this experience, he began preaching to the Arab world. What did this world consist of?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why were Muslims seen as pagans and many Christians attempted to convert them?
2. According to Armstrong, on what are most Western views of Islam based?
3. According to Armstrong, where do most Western views of Islam stem from? What facts does she give about Islam?
4. Describe Arab life at this time.
5. How have the feelings of Europeans towards Muslims developed since the initial fear and hatred began? What has caused this development? To what have these feelings towards Muslims led?
6. What happened regarding Islam in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?
7. What did Muhammad do during the last twenty-three years of his life? Why did he do this?
8. How does Armstrong compare the Quran with Christian writings?
9. When does the challenge of Islam to the West first begin? How was Islam viewed at that time?
10. What is Jahiliyah?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The most important shrine at Mecca was the Ka'aba.
Part 1) Why was this shrine the most important? Why were shrines important? How did Muhammad use this shrine to support his preaching? Why did he do this?
Part 2) What places of worship are important in other religions? Compare these places to the Islamic shrines. What do they all have in common?
Part 3) What places in your life are important? Why are they important? How do you benefit from them?
Essay Topic 2
Many of the views and values of Islam are similar to those of Judaism and Christianity.
Part 1) Compare Islam to Judaism and Christianity. What are the similar views and values? Do most Westerners know these similarities exist? Why or why not?
Part 2) From where do most Westerners gain information about Islam? Is this accurate? Why or why not?
Part 3) How do most Westerners and Muslims feel about each other? Why do they feel this way? How long have these views been in existence? How might this book change these views?
Essay Topic 3
The Arabs united under Muhammad's teachings.
Part 1) Describe Muhammad's teachings. How did they unify the Arabs?
Part 2) How did the Arabs benefit from this unification? Why and how did some also fight it? Why was Muhammad ultimately successful? How is this success seen today?
Part 3) How have groups of people unified under other leaders and other religions? What do these people and religions all have in common that lead to unification?
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