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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the sangha?
(a) A permit to travel
(b) A Buddist religious order
(c) A type of beer
(d) A tree that grows in India

2. 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) Jesus and Confucious
(c) J. P. Morgan and Albert Einstein
(d) Robert Oppenheimer and Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

5. What is the Hindu concept of galaxies of finer or courser natures?
(a) These are paths the spirit travels in quest of God.
(b) These are other life forms in the universe.
(c) These are illusions with which man must deal.
(d) These are obstacles to be reasoned out.

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

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

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

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

10. What is one way Jnana yoga suggests one can distinguish Self from one's lesser physical being?
(a) To study animals
(b) To contemplate one's navel
(c) To think of the physical personal in the third person
(d) To participate in seances

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

12. What kind of people are suited to practice Jnana yoga ?
(a) Those who already know everything there is to know.
(b) Those who want to increase their circulation.
(c) Those who have a spiritual bent and are highly reflective in their thought.
(d) Those who are too weak to do heavy exercise.

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

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

15. How is Western thought different from Hinduism in the matter of imperfection?
(a) Hinduism says there are no imperfections.
(b) Western thought says there are no imperfections.
(c) Western thought says that imperfection is an illusion; whereas, Hinduism accepts it as reality.
(d) Western thought suggests getting as far away from imperfection as possible; whereas, Hinduism avows a purpose of by-passing imperfection altogether.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Taoism, what is the concept of wu wei?

2. What historical event occurred just as Confucius began teaching?

3. How does the development of Buddhism parallel that of all major world religions?

4. To what other notable teacher has Confucius been compared?

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

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