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 Arjuna say he sees within Krishna's body?

2. What grow on the limbs of the ashvattha tree as buds?

3. For what does Arjuna apologize?

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

5. What does Arjuna say Vishnu does to the worlds?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe those with demonic tendencies.

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

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

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

6. How does Arjuna begin this chapter?

7. What kind of food do those ruled by each of the gunas eat?

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

9. Describe the three gunas.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Krisha says, "At the beginning of time I declared two paths for the pure heart: jnana yoga . . . and karma yoga."

Part 1) Compare and contrast jnana yoga and karma yoga.

Part 2) What kind of aspirants does Krishna say pursue each? What are the advantages of each path?

Part 3) Discuss which path Krishna favors.

Cite specific textual examples for all of the above.

Essay Topic 2

Krishna tells Arjuna, "As men approach me, so I receive them. All paths lead to me." What does Krishna mean by this? How does Krishna fulfill all desires whether selfish or selfless? How does Krishna "unify one's faith?" Discuss citing 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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