The Foundations of Buddhism Test | Final 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. The classifying and sorting of experiences is called _____.
(a) Placement.
(b) Skill.
(c) Decision-making.
(d) Recognition.

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

3. Good conduct is seen in Buddhism as auspicious action or _____.
(a) Merit.
(b) Speaking.
(c) Praise.
(d) Faith.

4. How long have people been wandering through samsara?
(a) Seconds.
(b) Eons.
(c) Millenia.
(d) Centuries.

5. Though the precise form of the earliest Buddhist devotions is unclear, it is know that they revolved around the worship of _____.
(a) Skandhas.
(b) Samsaras.
(c) Stupas.
(d) Suttas.

6. One of the four elements in Buddhism is _____.
(a) Clouds.
(b) Soma.
(c) Space.
(d) Fire.

7. One of the five hindrances is _____.
(a) Sleep.
(b) Satiation.
(c) Sleepiness.
(d) Thirst.

8. One of the basic critiques of self in Buddhism that implies a constant that Buddhism believes is not constant is _____.
(a) Language.
(b) Sleeping.
(c) Emotions.
(d) Eating.

9. Impermanence was regarded by the Buddha as _____.
(a) Nirvana.
(b) Abhidharma.
(c) Release.
(d) Painful.

10. Abhidharma captures the very essence of dharma, which means that its sound can almost operate as a _____.
(a) Spell.
(b) Vision.
(c) Warning.
(d) Smell.

11. To the early Upanisads, the ultimate self is identified with the underlying ground of all reality known as _____.
(a) Karma.
(b) Sutta.
(c) Dharma.
(d) Brahman.

12. The southern continent of Jambudvipa is known as the continent of the _____ tree.
(a) Liquid-amber.
(b) Birch.
(c) Cypress.
(d) Rose-apple.

13. At the center of a cakra-vada is the great _____.
(a) Gold heart.
(b) World mountain.
(c) Sky god.
(d) Ocean.

14. After his awakening, the Buddha was thought to still have an attachment to the _____ of awakening.
(a) Tree.
(b) Feeling.
(c) Sound.
(d) Seat.

15. The sravaka in the Mahayana tradition is a _____.
(a) King.
(b) Disciple.
(c) Fallen monk.
(d) Lay person.

Short Answer Questions

1. The dhyanas are levels of _____.

2. One of the four elements in Buddhism is _____.

3. In Buddhism, the truth underlying reality is _____.

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

5. The bodhisattva turns away from samsara as a place of _____.

(see the answer keys)

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