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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Hinduism teach that pain can be endured?
(a) By avoiding situations that have a potential for pain
(b) By certain natural pain inhibitors taken orally
(c) By learning to enjoy the sensations of pain
(d) By focusing on that which distracts the mind from the pain itself

2. What is the Zen koan?
(a) Private consultation with a master
(b) Sitting in meditation for long hours
(c) The elaborate tea ceremony with its slow and graceful movements
(d) Problems like the classic "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"

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

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

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

6. What happened to Confucius texts?
(a) They were lost and handed down only verbally.
(b) They were destroyed by Kublai Khan.
(c) They became mandatory disciplines for Chinese government officials.
(d) They were kept secret for 1,000 years.

7. How many senses are involved in the Tao concept of power?
(a) Two
(b) Three
(c) Six
(d) Four

8. According to Hinduism who has the spiritual ideas of infinite being, infinite awareness, and infinite bliss?
(a) All humans already posses these things but until a certain point they remain hidden.
(b) Only the oldest gurus understand these things.
(c) Only philosophers can possess that information.
(d) Only one individual per lifetime has this knowledge.

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

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

11. What does the Hindu say would happen if the divine base of everything is removed?
(a) The stars would shift their constellations.
(b) People would be free to do as they willed.
(c) Religion would die out.
(d) The natural world would disintegrate into nothing.

12. What is the problem of explaining nirvana?
(a) It can only been reached after death.
(b) It has multiple meanings.
(c) To the unenlightened mind, it is vague.
(d) It is an untranslatable word.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the main departure of Tibetan Buddhism?

2. How has the Western mind often viewed the Path of Renunciation?

3. What seems to be the appeal bhakti yoga?

4. After pleasure seeking, what does Hinduism see as the next major life goal?

5. Where was Siddhartha sitting as he gained enlightenment?

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