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. What does Krishna say is the source from which all creatures evolve?

2. How does Krishna's devotee look upon friend and foe?

3. What word best describes sattva?

4. Krishna speaks of how many ancient ancestors?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the difference between the two kinds of renunciation?

3. What are some of the most glorious of Krishna's divine powers?

4. Describe the three gunas.

5. Why does Arjuna apologize to Krishna?

6. How do those ruled by each of the gunas worship?

7. What does Krishna tell Arjuna about the path to the Unrevealed?

8. What does Krishna say are the two orders of being in the world? Is there anything beyond?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are sense objects? Why are they important to Krishna's teaching? What is the relationship of the ignorant to sense objects? What is the relationship of the wise to the same? Discuss citing specific examples.

Essay Topic 2

"Awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results; all selfish desires are consumed in the fire of knowledge." What does this statement of Krishna's mean? Why should one not care about the outcome of his actions? What is the "fire of knowledge?" Is this theme central to Krishna's teaching? Why or why not? Use specific examples from the text.

Essay Topic 3

At the beginning of the first chapter, Dhritarashtra asks Sanjaya to tell him what happened on the field of dharma where his family gathered to fight the Pandavas. The story of the Bhagavad Gita then unfolds for the reader through the mouth of Sanjaya.

How do we understand the story differently because it is narrated by Sanjaya, and not Krishna or Arjuna? How does this choice make the reader feel? In what ways does this narrative device enhance the effect of the story? Discuss citing specific examples.

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