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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What are the Hindu stages of life?
(a) Infant, student, career, enjoyment
(b) Student, marriage, retirement, detachment
(c) Fetus, birth, education, work
(d) Birth, separation, retirement, death

4. What does the Tao Te Ching say about Taoism?
(a) Anyone can understand its meaning
(b) Mere words cannot explain it
(c) It is easily explained to a novice
(d) It has nothing to do with the universe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What is the central characteristic of the Sikh?

3. What is the Zen koan?

4. In the caste system, who receives the greatest punishment for wrong doing?

5. What appears to be a contradiction in Taoist thought?

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