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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. How many senses are involved in the Tao concept of power?
(a) Three
(b) Four
(c) Six
(d) Two

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

5. What did Confucius propose as a better way for society?
(a) Redirect thinking into a conscious reorientation of traditional behaviors
(b) Forget old traditions and create new ones
(c) Reinstate the Chou Dynasty and go back to the way things were
(d) Form political parties to work out differences

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

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

8. 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.

9. How does the development of Buddhism parallel that of all major world religions?
(a) It saw no period of hierarchical struggle.
(b) It went into immediate decline after the death of the Buddha.
(c) It began to wage war with non-believers.
(d) Hardly a century after the death of the Buddha it began to show signs of schism.

10. 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 money.
(c) The Sikh seeks unity with God through love.
(d) The Sikh seeks unity with God through self denial.

11. What is the objective of philosophical Taoism?
(a) Quietude that is expressed as pure effectiveness in simplicity
(b) Reasoning things out by questions and answers
(c) Figuring out the complexities of living
(d) Making something useful for all humanity

12. How does Confucianism conflict with the yogi idea of finding God?
(a) Confucius believed that it takes two or three people meditating together to find God.
(b) Confucius put the individual squarely in the middle of human contact to perfect a social order.
(c) Confucius said finding God was impossible unless one became a hermit.
(d) Confucius taught that only through self analysis could one ever find God.

13. 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.

14. 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 started by Siddhartha nailing theses to a temple door.
(d) It was a reaction to the excesses of the Hinduism of the day.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Hindu concept of galaxies of finer or courser natures?

2. How is the idea of heaven and earth viewed in Confucianism?

3. What is the idea of the spirit in Hinduism?

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

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

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