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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 morally superior.
(c) Hindus tend to look at Sikhs as wayward Hindus.
(d) Hindus tend to look at Sikhs as lost sould.

2. According to Hinduism, what are the two receptors that control the lives of humans?
(a) Those of spiritual and material matters
(b) Those of ignorance and education
(c) Those of pleasure and pain
(d) Those of suffering and vocation

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

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

5. How does the yogi eliminate distractions of the mind during raja yoga?
(a) The yogi concentrates on reading.
(b) The yogi lies flat of his back.
(c) The yogi puts cotton in his ears.
(d) The yogi concentrates on one thing to the exclusion of all others.

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

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

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

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

10. Why is the last name spoken first when addressing someone in China?
(a) Because of the emphasis on the family over the individual
(b) Because the family name might be forgotten
(c) Because they read from right to left
(d) Because Chinese think it is impolite to use only first names

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

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

13. Eventually, how do Hindu minds conceive of God?
(a) The Gods transcend the anthropomorphic and become total abstractions.
(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 statues.

14. What is the idea behind karma yoga as work?
(a) You get what you work for.
(b) By concentrating on work with a kind of detachment, there is no time for selfishness.
(c) Work becomes habit which frees the mind for enjoyment.
(d) Work keeps you centered on self.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What did religious Taoism accommodate that other religions in China did not?

2. Who is Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakya?

3. What Huston Smith says the book is not.

4. What is the real idea behind the three Taoist senses?

5. How does Confucianism conflict with the yogi idea of finding God?

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