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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) He advocates trying out all religions for the best fit.
(d) Whether you climb a ladder, a rope, or a bamboo pole, you still reach the same goal.

2. What is the irony of Buddhism and India?
(a) Buddhism flourishes all over Asia except in India where Buddhism was born.
(b) Buddhism replaced the centuries old practice of Hinduism in India.
(c) Buddhism never flourished in India.
(d) Buddhism was never understood in India.

3. The two men Huston Smith regards as having the greatest impact on the world as we know it today.
(a) Napoleon and Joseph Stalin
(b) Robert Oppenheimer and Mahatma Gandhi
(c) Jesus and Confucious
(d) J. P. Morgan and Albert Einstein

4. What does the Tao Te Ching say about Taoism?
(a) Anyone can understand its meaning
(b) It has nothing to do with the universe
(c) Mere words cannot explain it
(d) It is easily explained to a novice

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

6. Why did Confucius earn the title of First Teacher?
(a) Because he taught the Emperor
(b) Because of his prominence in China as a teacher
(c) Because he was first a teacher and then a politician
(d) Because no one had ever been a teacher before

7. What physical exercise was developed by Taoists?
(a) The raja yoga
(b) The kung-fu
(c) The t'ai ch'i chuan
(d) The chin-up

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

9. What did the Buddha write during his lifetime?
(a) The Vidas
(b) The Sangha
(c) The Buddhist Bible
(d) Nothing

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

11. How did Confucius reject both the Realists and the Mohists?
(a) The first was too clumsy and external and the latter was too utopian
(b) The first was status quo and the latter was experimental
(c) The first was too old and the latter was too innovative
(d) The first was too formal and the latter was too undefined

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

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

14. How was the "Old boy" of Taoism often seen?
(a) Riding off on a water buffalo
(b) Riding off on an ostrich
(c) Riding off on a white horse
(d) Riding off on a donkey

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is more or less the same in all forms of Buddhism?

2. What is the result of seeking wealth, fame, and power?

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

4. What is the tanha?

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

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