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. In Medina, he began to work for Arab unity. What happened to the Quran?

2. Islam is based on the observance of customs or _________.

3. The rift in the community became bad. What did Muhammad have to do for some of the Muslims?

4. What did the Meccans knew they had to prevent Muhammad from doing?

5. What did Muhammad believe his role to be?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happened when Muhammad's uncle died?

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

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

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

7. When did Muhammad decide he could no longer stay in Mecca?

8. What was the affect of the Badr?

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

10. What happened after Muhammad moved to Medina?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Armstrong compares the writings of the Quran with Christian writings.

Part 1) Describe the comparison. Why do these similarities and differences exist?

Part 2) What is Armstrong's purpose in comparing these two religious writings? How does this support her purpose for writing this book?

Part 3) Why might Armstrong have such an attachment to Islam? How does this attachment affect her beliefs and actions?

Part 4) To what do you have a strong attachment? Why? How does this affect and influence you?

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

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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