The Foundations of Buddhism Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Rupert Gethin
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was W.C. Peppe digging on his estate in India?
(a) 1898.
(b) 1868.
(c) 1998.
(d) 1968.

2. One of the ten rules of training for a monk involves refraining from using _____.
(a) Skin oils.
(b) Shampoo.
(c) Perfumes.
(d) A toothbrush.

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

4. Arhats are the names of Buddhist _____.
(a) Sanctuaries.
(b) Saints.
(c) Writings.
(d) Prayers.

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

6. The five aggregates of _____ are suffering.
(a) Grasping.
(b) Repealing.
(c) Throwing.
(d) Repeating.

7. One of a monk's four basic resources is a robe made of _____.
(a) Sheets of bleached cotton.
(b) Discarded rags.
(c) Hemp.
(d) Red-dyed wool.

8. Mahayana Buddhism is classified by the author as _____.
(a) Strict.
(b) Evangelistic.
(c) Fragmented.
(d) Diverse.

9. The _____ school of Buddhism in the sixth and seventh centuries was suspicious of theoretical formulations regarding the practice of Buddhism.
(a) Japanese Zen.
(b) Tibetan.
(c) Tantric.
(d) Theraveda.

10. The term sramana means _____.
(a) One who breathes life.
(b) One who strives.
(c) One who sits.
(d) One who eats fruit.

11. One of the ten rules of training for a monk involves refraining from _____.
(a) Eating rice.
(b) Eating with utensils.
(c) Walking with shoes on.
(d) Harming living creatures.

12. According to the author, Buddhism is typically seen as a history of _____ Theravada Buddhism.
(a) Common.
(b) Ascetic.
(c) Egalitarian.
(d) Elitist.

13. The three types of suffering are pain, change, and _____.
(a) Separation.
(b) Conditions.
(c) Reactions.
(d) Boredom.

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

15. The oldest portion of the Vedas is called the _____.
(a) Yajurveda.
(b) Rg Veda.
(c) Atharvaveda.
(d) Samaveda.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mahinda was a Buddhist monk who was the son of the emperor _____.

2. The public concern of Buddhism was living by _____, not doctrinal conformity.

3. What the Buddha taught is often referred to in the early texts as a system of _____.

4. What does the word buddha mean?

5. Sthaviras is a Buddhist term that refers to ______________.

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