Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources Test | Mid-Book 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. Which members of Muhammad's family did not practice Islam in Chapter 17?

2. Who did Muhammad wish to have among his followers?

3. What did the man carrying the girl say was to happen to the her?

4. Which valley did Muhammad stop in to pray in Chapter 38?

5. Though he was considered too young, in how many battles did Muhammad fight?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prevented a neighboring ruler from destroying the Ka'bah?

2. Where did Muhammad travel with Gabriel and who did he meet in Chapter 32?

3. Who did a man carry in his arms in Chapter 33, and what did Muhammad say to the man's claims?

4. What happened when the Quraysh began to rebuild the Ka'bah?

5. What did the Quraysh consult with Jewish rabbis about?

6. After the Muslims of Mecca began to immigrate to Yathrib, what did Abu Jahl propose?

7. What saved Muhammad and Abu Bakr from discovery as they hid in a cave?

8. Who did Muhammad marry and how did they meet?

9. What did Muhammad ask his mother's family for in Chapter 31, and who eventually answered his request?

10. How did the first bloodshed in Islam occur?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the city of Mecca and its significance in the story of Muhammad. Where is Mecca? How much of Muhammad's life was spent in Mecca? Why did Muhammad leave Mecca? How is Mecca regarded today?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the motif of intolerance. What examples of intolerance can be found in the text? Who was intolerant of whom? Why were they intolerant? How did they express their intolerance? How did their intolerance affect the other party?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze and interpret Muhammad's visions. What did he envision? What angel came to visit him on numerous occasions? Why was Muhammad visited by the angel? What messages did the angel give him? How did these visions affect Muhammad's path in life?

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