The Foundations of Buddhism Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

Rupert Gethin
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 6, No Self, Personal Continuity and Dependent Arising.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Nikayama/Agama are collections of sutras or _____.
(a) Disputes.
(b) Canons.
(c) Discourses.
(d) Rituals.

2. The Buddha is the author of _____ books and treatises.
(a) Zero.
(b) Thirty-nine.
(c) Ten.
(d) One.

3. One of a monk's four basic resources is medicine made of _____.
(a) Masticated birch leaves.
(b) Boiled tree bark.
(c) The skin of frogs.
(d) Fermented urine.

4. The followers of Sarvastivada Abhidaharma argue that nirvana should be regarded as _____.
(a) False.
(b) Real.
(c) A defilement.
(d) A creed.

5. Asoka, the great _____ king, was thought to have been consecrated 218 years after the death of the Buddha.
(a) Bihar.
(b) Hellenist.
(c) Brahmin.
(d) Mauryan.

Short Answer Questions

1. The notion of self is born of _____.

2. The term sramana means _____.

3. The subject of the monk Nagasena's story to the king is a _____.

4. One of the ten rules of training for a monk involves refraining from sleeping _____.

5. Some three months after the death of the Buddha, 500 arhats took part in a _____.

(see the answer key)

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