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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is Confucius' trinity?
(a) Man, Heaven, and Earth
(b) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
(c) Fire, Wind, and Water
(d) Servants, Kings, and God

3. How did the Taoist church devise a way of harnessing higher power for human benefit?
(a) By organizing religious retreats
(b) By perfecting astrology
(c) By opening schools for magicians
(d) By assuming the reality of magical intervention

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

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

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

7. 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.

8. What is the viewpoint of the Theravada Buddhist?
(a) It insists that the path to enlightenment is up to the individual.
(b) It denies the idea of reincarnation.
(c) It proposes a collective attempt to reach nirvana.
(d) It teaches that only monks can reach enlightenment.

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

10. What did Confucius stress about the elderly?
(a) They should be forgotten.
(b) They should be isolated.
(c) They should be euthanized.
(d) They should be venerated.

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

12. What is the tanha?
(a) Loosely translated, it is the fear of death.
(b) Loosely translated, it is suffering.
(c) Loosely translated, it is religious education.
(d) Loosely translated, it is human desire.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the Tao Te Ching say about Taoism?

2. Who is Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakya?

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

4. What sense of Taoism has been most successfully exported to the West?

5. What do (1) the brahmin, or seer; (2) the kshatriya, or administrator; (3) the vaishya, or producer; and (4) the shudra, or servant represent?

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