The Foundations of Buddhism Quiz | One Week Quiz A

Rupert Gethin
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 8, The Abhidharma, The Higher Teaching.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. An _____ is a being from a lower realm of existence in Buddhist cosmology.
(a) Astral traveler.
(b) Argonaut.
(c) Animal.
(d) Angel.

2. Eighty-one types of dharma are _____.
(a) Reversed.
(b) Opened.
(c) Conditioned.
(d) Broken.

3. Mahinda was a Buddhist monk who was the son of the emperor _____.
(a) Bhikkhu.
(b) Gautama.
(c) Asoka.
(d) Agama.

4. The term 'abhidharma' means _____ dharma.
(a) Higher.
(b) Sleeping.
(c) Raining.
(d) Lower.

5. Some of the teachings of the Buddha are expressed in conventional terms, and others are expressed in _____ terms.
(a) Watered-down.
(b) Harsh.
(c) Ultimate.
(d) Esoteric.

Short Answer Questions

1. When he ascended to heaven after performing the miracle, under which tree did he sit to do his teaching?

2. The various Indo-Aryan dialects, the vernacular of Buddha's time, are known as _____.

3. Earlier texts state that the universe as a whole comprises a vast number of _____.

4. The southern continent of Jambudvipa is known as the continent of the _____ tree.

5. The matrkas are a summary of _____ lists of significant points of Buddha's teaching.

(see the answer key)

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