Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Karen Armstrong
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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. What led to so many executions for both Muslims and Christians?

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

3. How did the Arabs view both Christianity and Judaism?

4. When was the Quran compiled?

5. At this time, who was accepted as the one God?

Short Essay Questions

1. When does the challenge of Islam to the West first begin? How was Islam viewed at that time?

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

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

4. On what does Armstrong believe a religion should not be judged? Why might she feel this way?

5. What happened regarding Islam in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries?

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

7. Describe the Muslim world despite the influence of imperialist beliefs in the Western world.

8. How did Muhammad's revelation differ from other forms of revelation?

9. When and why did Muhammad begin sharing God's message?

10. Why did Arabia not trust monotheism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author believes that if more people understood the teachings of Islam, the Islamic world would be viewed differently.

Part 1) What does this book teach about Islam? Is this surprising to you? Why or why not?

Part 2) Do you believe most people are interested in understanding Muslim teachings? Why or why not? Would most people be willing to change their views about Islam? Why or why not?

Part 3) What could you do in your own community to change the views of Islam and to show the similarities between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity?

Essay Topic 2

Europe was actively fighting Islam by the eleventh century.

Part 1) What led to this fighting? Why does this fighting occur? How does this fighting reflect the views of Christians and Muslims?

Part 2) How are these views still seen today? How does this fighting continue today?

Part 3) How can this fighting end, according to Armstrong? Do you agree? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Jahiliyah means the period of ignorance.

Part 1) When did this period of ignorance take place? How did it end? Why was this considered a period of ignorance?

Part 2) When do you believe other periods of ignorance have taken place in Islam and other religions? Why?

Part 3) How are we ignorant today? What might Muhammad think of us today? Why?

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