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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 1910, the Dalai Lama was in exile in what location?

2. One night David-Neel and Yongden slept outside a village to pass through early the next day to avoid attention, but what happened?

3. What sort of spiritual leader of Tibet did David-Neel describe the Dalai Lama as?

4. How did David-Neel and Yongden perceive a village they unexpectedly came upon following the blizzard different from other villages?

5. David-Neel and Yongden spent a night in the home of a wealth farmer who in exchange for his hospitality expected Yongden to bless what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What were the gifts David-Neel asked of her parents as she grew up?

2. What was it Alexandra David-Neel wrote she craved to do as a young child?

3. One morning as she filled her bowl at the river, David-Neel heard Yongden being approached by a peasant who inquired of him what three questions asked at every encounter?

4. What was Yongden's response when he was approached to perform rites for someone who had died as Chapter I closed?

5. As Chapter II ended, David-Neel was inspired to ease the tension in an encounter with an official, and called out for alms as a Tibetan beggar which did what?

6. How did David-Neel describe travel in Tibet as she approached the pass called Tong la?

7. Where had David-Neel traveled in Tibet prior to her journey into Lhasa?

8. What did David-Neel initially discover when she crossed the pass into Tibet for the first time?

9. How did David-Neel note this departure into Tibet differed from some of her earlier experiences?

10. What did David-Neel describe as she opened in Chapter I?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Early in Chapter I, David-Neel related how a number of hindering difficulties arose that added to each step as the pair approached their journey into Tibet. Examine these problems and how the author responded to them. Was she cautious in the decisions she made in each of these situations?

Essay Topic 2

The author's primary goal upon reaching Lhasa was the Dalai Lama's palace, the Potala. Expound on how David-Lee was able to gain entry. What did she discover once inside? What was her reaction?

Essay Topic 3

David-Neel and Yongden ran into a number of difficulties as they were not inclined to merely follow main routes in the daytime and risk drawing attention. Identify methods they employed to accomplish this. Address specific instances where the pair encountered problems that hindered their progress undetected and how they approached them.

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