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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What position did the Realists hold about society that needed harsh laws?
(a) Realists taught that people are basically good so harsh laws keep them that way.
(b) Realists taught that people can only identify themselves through laws.
(c) Realists believed that people were basically bad, greedy, nasty, and brutish.
(d) Realists taught that good people have no self discipline.

2. To what other notable teacher has Confucius been compared?
(a) Jesus
(b) Socrates
(c) Horace Mann
(d) Aristotle

3. How is the idea of heaven and earth viewed in Confucianism?
(a) Heaven is the place where earthly questions are answered
(b) Heaven is ignored completely
(c) Heaven and Earth in Confucianism are looked upon as a continuum
(d) Heaven is the abode of the ancesters and should be forgotten

4. What did the Buddha see as the downfall of men?
(a) His sinful nature
(b) Selfishness
(c) Ignorance and not sin
(d) Rebellion against good

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

6. What is the Chinese concept of ch'i?
(a) Clearing the mind
(b) Spirituality
(c) Vital energy
(d) Herbal tea remedies

7. How does Sri Ramakrishna illustrate the experience all the great world religions?
(a) He suggests that such questions are frivolous.
(b) He says each experience will reach a different goal.
(c) Whether you climb a ladder, a rope, or a bamboo pole, you still reach the same goal.
(d) He advocates trying out all religions for the best fit.

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

9. Who is Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakya?
(a) The author of the Hindu Vidas.
(b) The awakened one, the Buddha.
(c) The founder of Sikhism.
(d) The first Hindu.

10. 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 has no beginning or ending
(c) Because Hinduism constantly demands more
(d) Because Hinduism fails to give the answers to life's questions.

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

12. After pleasure seeking, what does Hinduism see as the next major life goal?
(a) Spiritual enlightenment
(b) Travel and culture
(c) Worldly success
(d) Overcoming illness

13. What is the viewpoint of the Theravada Buddhist?
(a) It denies the idea of reincarnation.
(b) It teaches that only monks can reach enlightenment.
(c) It proposes a collective attempt to reach nirvana.
(d) It insists that the path to enlightenment is up to the individual.

14. How do Hindus tend to look at Sikhs?
(a) Hindus tend to look at Sikhs as beggars.
(b) Hindus tend to look at Sikhs as wayward Hindus.
(c) Hindus tend to look at Sikhs as lost sould.
(d) Hindus tend to look at Sikhs as morally superior.

15. What type of yoga approaches religion on the basis of work?
(a) Raja yoga
(b) Atman yoga
(c) Sannyasin yoga
(d) Karma yoga

Short Answer Questions

1. What form of Buddhism flourishes in Japan?

2. What is the problem of explaining nirvana?

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

4. What do the guidelines for right conduct in Buddhism resemble?

5. What is the purpose of the Tao senses?

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