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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What do the guidelines for right conduct in Buddhism resemble?
(a) The Boy Scout Code
(b) The Bill of Rights
(c) The Pledge of Allegiance
(d) The Ten Commandments

2. What are the Hindu stages of life?
(a) Fetus, birth, education, work
(b) Birth, separation, retirement, death
(c) Student, marriage, retirement, detachment
(d) Infant, student, career, enjoyment

3. What is the objective of philosophical Taoism?
(a) Making something useful for all humanity
(b) Quietude that is expressed as pure effectiveness in simplicity
(c) Reasoning things out by questions and answers
(d) Figuring out the complexities of living

4. What did religious Taoism accommodate that other religions in China did not?
(a) Feng Shui
(b) T'ai ch'i
(c) Fortune telling, soothsaying, shamans, and faith healers
(d) Religious garments

5. What is Confucius' trinity?
(a) Fire, Wind, and Water
(b) Servants, Kings, and God
(c) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
(d) Man, Heaven, and Earth

6. According to Hinduism, what are the two receptors that control the lives of humans?
(a) Those of ignorance and education
(b) Those of spiritual and material matters
(c) Those of pleasure and pain
(d) Those of suffering and vocation

7. Why is the question of "is this all" relevant to Hinduism?
(a) Because it affirms that there is far more to life than satisfying pleasures.
(b) Because Hinduism fails to give the answers to life's questions.
(c) Because Hinduism constantly demands more
(d) Because Hinduism has no beginning or ending

8. What is the idea of the spirit in Hinduism?
(a) It is the exclusive property of the body.
(b) The spirit is eternal and changes its habitation when it outgrows an old one.
(c) It dies with the body that houses it.
(d) It does not exist apart from the mind.

9. What kind of people are suited to practice Jnana yoga ?
(a) Those who are too weak to do heavy exercise.
(b) Those who want to increase their circulation.
(c) Those who have a spiritual bent and are highly reflective in their thought.
(d) Those who already know everything there is to know.

10. What appears to be a contradiction in Taoist thought?
(a) The ideas of reality and the supernatural
(b) The three different senses
(c) The idea of teaching the unteachable
(d) The earthly versus the esoteric

11. What is the ultimate reality of Taoism?
(a) That motherhood is the essence of life
(b) That everything is nothing
(c) That which is above all, behind all, and beneath all
(d) That which flows is permanent

12. How does Confucianism conflict with the yogi idea of finding God?
(a) Confucius said finding God was impossible unless one became a hermit.
(b) Confucius taught that only through self analysis could one ever find God.
(c) Confucius believed that it takes two or three people meditating together to find God.
(d) Confucius put the individual squarely in the middle of human contact to perfect a social order.

13. What was the conflicting idea of Mohism during Confucius' time?
(a) Mohism taught that no laws are needed.
(b) Mohism taught that there was no God.
(c) Mohism taught communal living as the answer.
(d) Mohism taught social order through love alone.

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

15. What is the real idea behind the three Taoist senses?
(a) To lose something, to find something, and to forget something
(b) To work something out, to expose something, and to define something
(c) To be something, to know something, and to be able to do something
(d) To have something, to make something, and to learn something

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Confucius stress about the elderly?

2. When does karma come into effect?

3. What is the main departure of Tibetan Buddhism?

4. What did the Buddha see as the downfall of men?

5. Where was Siddhartha sitting as he gained enlightenment?

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