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Huston Smith
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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the first signpost of the Path of Renunciation which reads "the community" offer the individual?
(a) It offers more lasting value than the self-centered desires of human nature.
(b) It offers political opportunity to gain more personal power.
(c) It offers a better way to get what you want.
(d) It offers membership in a larger family.

2. Eventually, how do Hindu minds conceive of God?
(a) The Gods transcend the anthropomorphic and become constellations.
(b) The Gods transcend the anthropomorphic and become total abstractions.
(c) The Gods transcend the anthropomorphic and become statues.
(d) The Gods transcend the anthropomorphic and become animals.

3. What Huston Smith says the book is not.
(a) A book to give a specific descriptions of world religions
(b) A book on comparative religions
(c) A guide to base values of significant religions
(d) A balanced account of the subjects of the book

4. What was the subject matter of the Buddha's first sermon?
(a) The Eight-fold Path
(b) The Way to Enlightenment
(c) The Wheel of Fortune
(d) The Four Nobel Truths

5. What did the Buddha think about religious rituals?
(a) He thought they had been neglected.
(b) He taught they were necessary exercises.
(c) He ridiculed rites as mere superstitions.
(d) He invented new ones for his day.

6. Who profits most from raja yoga?
(a) Those who visit ashrams
(b) Those of royal lineage
(c) Those with a scientific bent
(d) Those who have not achieved mental clarity

7. How did the followers of the Buddha categorize his teachings?
(a) As a religion of regulations
(b) As a religion of infinite compassion
(c) As a religion of sacrifice
(d) As a religion of suffering

8. What is the Hindu concept of galaxies of finer or courser natures?
(a) These are illusions with which man must deal.
(b) These are obstacles to be reasoned out.
(c) These are paths the spirit travels in quest of God.
(d) These are other life forms in the universe.

9. How did the Taoist church devise a way of harnessing higher power for human benefit?
(a) By opening schools for magicians
(b) By assuming the reality of magical intervention
(c) By organizing religious retreats
(d) By perfecting astrology

10. What historical event occurred just as Confucius began teaching?
(a) The birth of Mohammed
(b) The arrival of Marco Polo
(c) The collapse of the Chou Dynasty
(d) The Peloponnesian War

11. What did Confucius believe about the authority of rulers?
(a) It comes through the bloodlines.
(b) It is a necessary part of living.
(c) It must be earned.
(d) It can only be maintained by force.

12. What was Confucius' idea about art?
(a) He believed that poetry stimulated the mind and music aroused the spirit.
(b) He taught that philosophy was superior to art.
(c) He thought that art was a complete waste of time and effort.
(d) He believed that art put false illusions in people's minds.

13. How is Western thought different from Hinduism in the matter of imperfection?
(a) Western thought says that imperfection is an illusion; whereas, Hinduism accepts it as reality.
(b) Hinduism says there are no imperfections.
(c) Western thought says there are no imperfections.
(d) Western thought suggests getting as far away from imperfection as possible; whereas, Hinduism avows a purpose of by-passing imperfection altogether.

14. In the caste system, who receives the greatest punishment for wrong doing?
(a) The sin of monks, the greater the punishment for a sin or crime.
(b) Among the working class, the greater the punishment for a sin or crime.
(c) The higher the caste, the greater the punishment for a sin or crime.
(d) The lower the caste, the greater the punishment for a sin or crime.

15. Who is credited as the originator of Taoism?
(a) Kublai Khan
(b) Lao Tzu
(c) Mao Tse-tung
(d) Confucius

Short Answer Questions

1. How might the rise of Buddhism be compared to the Protestant Reformation?

2. What is the purpose of the Tao senses?

3. What did the Buddha write during his lifetime?

4. What is the idea of the spirit in Hinduism?

5. Why is the last name spoken first when addressing someone in China?

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