Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 the Meccans unable to get rid of?

2. Why were these people the first to follow Muhammad?

3. The six pilgrims returned in 622. They met with Muhammad and others in what is known as __________ to discuss the conversion of the tribe.

4. Why was the Quran itself the cause of many conversions at this time?

5. The Muslims were being told to take part in the jihad. What is it also known in the West as?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did the Quraysh do when Muhammad insisted on the worship of only one God?

3. What happened when Muhammad's uncle died?

4. What eventually happened to the alliance with the Jews? Why might this have happened?

5. What was the affect of the Badr?

6. Describe Muhammad's greatest mystical experience.

7. What took place in 627 to 628?

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

9. Why were the Muslims and Jews supposed to live in peace? What happened to the tribal society? How did this affect others?

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

Essay Topics

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

Muhammad had his greatest mystical experience while staying with his sister.

Part 1) Describe this mystical experience. What is your reaction to hearing this story? Is it surprising? Why or why not?

Part 2) How did this mystical experience change Muhammad, as well as the Quran? How does it also change the religion of Islam?

Part 3) Do you believe mystical experiences such as this can really take place? Why or why not? How might a mystical experience change your own life?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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