Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet Test | Final 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. Who were among the first members of the Muslim community?

2. Mecca's days of power were coming to an end. What did Muhammad still do?

3. For what purpose were most of Muhammad's marriages?

4. What did the harassment of Muhammad by the Quraysh result in?

5. What group of people did not, in general, accept Muhammad's teachings?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare Muhammad's later teachings to his earlier ones. How did his supporters react to this?

2. Describe many of the references in the Quran. What is their purpose?

3. What happened when the pilgrims from Yathrib returned in 622?

4. What took place in 627 to 628?

5. What do the Muslims say is the cause for the acceptance of polytheism in the Quran? What happened when Muhammad started to demand monotheism after the removal of the passage regarding polytheism? How did various societies react to this demand?

6. Why were many converting to Islam?

7. In terms of marriage, what did Muhammad do when his wife died?

8. What did Salman Rushdie publish? What was the reaction to this?

9. Who were Muhammad's first followers? Why?

10. Eventually, what happened to families regarding Islam?

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

Prior to Muhammad's experience with the angel Gabriel, there were no religious scriptures for the Arabs who worshiped al-Llah.

Part 1) How did Muhammad give religious scripture to Islam? Why was this important? How does this scripture compare to the scripture of the Jews and Christians?

Part 2) Why do these similarities exist? What is unique about the Quran? How is this significant?

Part 3) What do non-Muslims think about these similarities and differences? Why?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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