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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to "Chapter Three, the First Picture: The Apostle in the Waves", why did Ricci alter the original Biblical story?
(a) He knows the Chinese have read the Bible.
(b) He wants to see how much the Chinese remember from his other stories.
(c) He needs to get the image to represent Christ's death and atonement.
(d) He realizes the Apostle Peter in the picture looks like him.

2. What were the meanings of the split idiographs of "wu"?
(a) One piece represented "spear" and the other piece represented "to stop/prevent."
(b) One piece represented "weapon" and the other piece represented "to lay down arms."
(c) One piece represented "diplomacy" and the other piece represented "to practice."
(d) One piece represented "peace" and the other piece represented "to bring about."

3. According to "Chapter Three, the First Picture: The Apostle in the Waves", what was/were a destructive and common part of life in China?
(a) Illiteracy.
(b) Floods.
(c) Slavery.
(d) Diseases.

4. According to "Chapter One: Building the Palace", which one of these does NOT describe Governor Lu?
(a) He forbade the Chinese people to listen to Ricci.
(b) He was preparing his songs for their bureaucratic examinations.
(c) He was employed high in the Ming dynasty bureaucracy.
(d) He was the head of one of the highest families in Chinese society.

5. What effect did the Japanese threat have on Ricci?
(a) The Chinese tolerated Christians but ignored Ricci.
(b) The Chinese welcomed Christians and embraced Ricci.
(c) The Chinese ignored both the Christians and Ricci.
(d) The Chinese despised Christians and feared Ricci.

6. When Ricci was a missionary, what religion was he startled to learn was practiced by some Chinese?
(a) Paganism.
(b) Judaism.
(c) Mormonism.
(d) Protestantism.

7. To whom did the Chinese emperor leave many matters to be handled?
(a) Administrative eunuchs.
(b) Elected representatives.
(c) Military generals.
(d) His appointed cabinet.

8. Who was the charismatic missionary to India who aimed to inspire the Asian missions of the Jesuits?
(a) Alessandro Valignano.
(b) Louis Pellicano.
(c) Francesco Martines.
(d) Ignatius Loyola.

9. How many Christians were in the Japanese army during the 16th century?
(a) None.
(b) 150.
(c) 15,000.
(d) 1,500.

10. Describe the first picture "The Apostle in the Waves."
(a) Apostle Judas betraying Jesus.
(b) Jesus healing the lepers.
(c) Apostle Peter trying to walk on water in the Sea of Galilee.
(d) Saul being stuck down on the road to Damascus.

11. When did Ricci leave Macerata to study in Rome?
(a) 1658.
(b) 1574.
(c) 1607.
(d) 1568.

12. What was the meaning of "yao" when Ricci translated the Ten Commandments while he was a missionary in China?
(a) "Not".
(b) "Covet".
(c) "Thou".
(d) "Shall".

13. What was the meaning of "yao" when Ricci translated devotional prayers while he was a missionary in China?
(a) "Amen."
(b) "Heavenly Father."
(c) "Basic."
(d) "Fundamental."

14. Toward the end of his life, what irony struck Ricci about the Chinese?
(a) The Chinese were better educated than the threatening nations.
(b) The Chinese feared foreign nations despite having a large population and large army.
(c) The Chinese sought to dominate smaller surrounding countries.
(d) The Chinese in the cities embraced Catholicism before the people in the rural areas.

15. In the 16th century, which Chinese religions had Trinitarian aspects?
(a) Confucianism and Buddhism.
(b) Buddhism, Taoism, and Muslim.
(c) Buddhism and Taoism.
(d) Confucianism and Taoism.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the charismatic Jesuit missionary, which group was amenable, "soft" like women, ambivalent about war and ready to do what they were told?

2. During the trip in 1578, what did the ships on which Ricci was riding pick up in Mozambique?

3. According to "Chapter One: Building the Palace", how did Ricci believe that humans could remember anything?

4. Where did Ricci spend five years as an apprentice?

5. In Ricci's version of the story of the first picture "The Apostle in the Waves," to whom did he compare Jesus?

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