The Bhagavad Gita 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. In this chapter, what does Krishna say Brahman may be called?

2. What is Krishna's motivation for destroying the darkness of ignorance?

3. Who is the author of the scriptures?

4. Krishna speaks of how many ancient ancestors?

5. What is the quality of the path to the Unrevealed according to Krishna?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sanjaya say that Krishna showed Arjuna?

2. What are Krishna's instructions for Arjuna if he finds he cannot still his mind?

3. What kind of knowledge belongs to each of the gunas?

4. How does Arjuna begin this chapter?

5. What exists without Krishna?

6. What happens to souls who die in each of these states?

7. What does Krishna explain to Arjuna in this chapter?

8. What is the relationship between Purusha and prakriti?

9. How does Krishna enable Arjuna to see his immortal nature?

10. What instructions does Krishna give Arjuna at the beginning of this chapter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Krishna says that "the wise see that there is action in the midst of inaction and inaction in the midst of action." What is the meaning of this cryptic statement? Discuss its significance in the Bhagavad Gita citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

Krishna's teachings consistently return to several major things that bind souls to death and rebirth.

Part 1) Identify three such things and explain them clearly citing specific examples from the Gita.

Part 2) Outline in detail the means Krishna offers for transcending these, and breaking the cycle of death and rebirth.

Part 3) Attempt to unify these themes, using either your own words or Krishna's, into a single instruction for attaining what Krishna calls "the supreme goal."

Cite specific examples from the text for all of the above.

Essay Topic 3

Seeing Arjuna's despair prior to battle, Sri Krishna rebukes him saying such weakness in a time of crisis is unworthy of him. Krishna urges Arjuna to rise up with a brave heart and destroy the enemy.

Describe Arjuna's response in detail. What is the logic of Arjuna's argument? Upon what sources does Arjuna rely to support this argument? To what conclusion does the argument lead? Discuss while citing specific examples.

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