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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What is the irony of assigning god-like attributes to the Buddha?
(a) He wanted that designation while he was alive.
(b) He taught that all men are gods.
(c) He was never painted or sculpted during his lifetime.
(d) In his lifetime he adamantly resisted any such idea.

4. 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

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

6. 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 good people have no self discipline.
(c) Realists taught that people can only identify themselves through laws.
(d) Realists believed that people were basically bad, greedy, nasty, and brutish.

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

8. Why does Hinduism stress what the human mind must leave out?
(a) Because human mind is adapted to deal with the family.
(b) Because human mind is adapted to deal with the universe.
(c) Because human mind is adapted to deal with money.
(d) Because human mind is adapted to deal with the finite.

9. Under what condition does Hinduism allow for self-gratification of the senses?
(a) So long as it is only for spiritual growth
(b) So long as it does not harm others
(c) So long as it does not last long
(d) So long as it benefits society

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

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

12. What is the Hindu attitude toward other religions?
(a) They are headed for different ends.
(b) They are misguided.
(c) They will one day turn to Hinduism.
(d) They are alternate paths toward the same goal.

13. How might the rise of Buddhism be compared to the Protestant Reformation?
(a) It started because people could not read.
(b) It started as a rebellion against a human head of religion.
(c) It was a reaction to the excesses of the Hinduism of the day.
(d) It started by Siddhartha nailing theses to a temple door.

14. What is the follower of wu wei said to be able to do?
(a) Think without thinking
(b) Work without working
(c) Dream without dreaming
(d) Speak without speaking

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Confucius earn the title of First Teacher?

2. What kind of people are suited to practice Jnana yoga ?

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

4. How was the "Old boy" of Taoism often seen?

5. What was the subject matter of the Buddha's first sermon?

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