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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Hinduism see life?
(a) As the main source of suffering
(b) As a way to stay young
(c) On a continuum that moves naturally through all the stages
(d) As something to be ignored

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

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

4. What do (1) the brahmin, or seer; (2) the kshatriya, or administrator; (3) the vaishya, or producer; and (4) the shudra, or servant represent?
(a) The highest forms of yoga
(b) The levels of education
(c) The stations of life
(d) The divisions of monks

5. What is the central characteristic of the Sikh?
(a) The Sikh seeks unity with God through love.
(b) The Sikh seeks unity with God through money.
(c) The Sikh seeks unity with God through self denial.
(d) The Sikh seeks unity with God through hard work.

6. In the caste system, who receives the greatest punishment for wrong doing?
(a) The higher the caste, 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 lower the caste, the greater the punishment for a sin or crime.
(d) The sin of monks, the greater the punishment for a sin or crime.

7. 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 more lasting value than the self-centered desires of human nature.
(c) It offers political opportunity to gain more personal power.
(d) It offers a better way to get what you want.

8. What seems to be the appeal bhakti yoga?
(a) Its humanness rather than a more esoteric approach to religion.
(b) Its universality that may be applied to any religion.
(c) Its many different ways to identify oneself.
(d) Its ease and comfort of practice.

9. How does the development of Buddhism parallel that of all major world religions?
(a) It went into immediate decline after the death of the Buddha.
(b) It saw no period of hierarchical struggle.
(c) Hardly a century after the death of the Buddha it began to show signs of schism.
(d) It began to wage war with non-believers.

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

11. What is the most popular form of yoga and has the most followers?
(a) Bhakti yoga
(b) Batik yoga
(c) Braman yoga
(d) Back tree yoga

12. How is Western thought different from Hinduism in the matter of imperfection?
(a) Hinduism says there are no imperfections.
(b) Western thought says that imperfection is an illusion; whereas, Hinduism accepts it as reality.
(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.

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

14. How has the Western mind often viewed the Path of Renunciation?
(a) As the ultimate comparison to Christianity
(b) As an example of good ethics
(c) As a life-denying spoilsport
(d) As the best Hinduism has to offer

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Under what condition does Hinduism allow for self-gratification of the senses?

2. Who profits most from raja yoga?

3. When does karma come into effect?

4. What form of Buddhism flourishes in Japan?

5. What is the ultimate reality of Taoism?

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