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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Chinese, what is a "huihui"?
(a) A Muslim person as well as Jews and Nestorian Christians in China.
(b) A native Chinese who follows Confucius.
(c) A Western woman who dresses like a Chinese woman.
(d) A Chinese Christian convert.

3. Where was the first picture "The Apostle in the Waves" to be placed?
(a) In the Ink Garden.
(b) In the Grand Lobby.
(c) In the Emperor's Palace.
(d) In the Cook's Kitchen.

4. How did Ricci learn more about China?
(a) Through studying Chinese religions.
(b) Through his journeys across its rivers, lakes and canals.
(c) Through his seminary work with the Jesuits.
(d) Through reading books and poetry of famous Chinese authors.

5. Which of the following did the Jesuits NOT do on the trip in 1578?
(a) Tended to the sick.
(b) Prepared meals for the passengers.
(c) Practiced their devotions.
(d) Heard confessions every eight days.

6. According to "Chapter Four, The Second Image: The Huihui", what concerned some Jesuits, including Ricci?
(a) The Reformation.
(b) The Inquisition.
(c) The Renaissance.
(d) The Counter-Reformation.

7. According to "Chapter Three, the First Picture: The Apostle in the Waves", when Ricci travels from Nanjing to Nanchang, who appears in his most significant dream?
(a) Jesus.
(b) God.
(c) Peter the Apostle.
(d) Mary.

8. According to the charismatic Jesuit missionary, which group was amenable, "soft" like women, ambivalent about war and ready to do what they were told?
(a) The Indians.
(b) The Mongols.
(c) The Japanese.
(d) The Chinese.

9. To what does Ricci compare a ship's pilot?
(a) The eyes of the Emperor.
(b) The mind of God.
(c) The soul of the crew.
(d) The hand of God.

10. On what ship did Ricci travel in 1578?
(a) The Good Jesus.
(b) The St. Gregory.
(c) The St. Louis.
(d) The Miracle at Cana.

11. How did the Chinese people respond to Ricci's mnemonic abilities?
(a) They were indifferent.
(b) They were stunned.
(c) They were not impressed.
(d) They were frightened.

12. How did Ricci display his sense of ecumenism in China when he was a missionary?
(a) He sometimes dressed like a Buddhist monk to show respect.
(b) He allowed Chinese women and children to help with the daily Mass.
(c) He held services with Jews, Muslims, and Christians.
(d) He used the ideas from Chinese religions in his sermons.

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

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

15. According to "Chapter Four, The Second Image: The Huihui", what tenet was similar to the three major religions of China?
(a) Protestantism.
(b) Judaism.
(c) Islam.
(d) Pythagorean.

Short Answer Questions

1. How can Ricci's use of mnemonic devices be understood?

2. According to "Chapter Three, the First Picture: The Apostle in the Waves", why did Ricci alter the original Biblical story?

3. How did the Jesuits ensure that their messages were delivered back and forth during the 16th century?

4. How did Ricci use the first four memory images in his memory palace?

5. In the 16th century who was Gian Pietro Maffei?

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