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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What Huston Smith says the book is not.
(a) A balanced account of the subjects of the book
(b) A book to give a specific descriptions of world religions
(c) A guide to base values of significant religions
(d) A book on comparative religions

2. What is dharma?
(a) A group of monks
(b) The means of crossing the river of ignorance
(c) An obstacle to reaching nirvana
(d) The Buddhist equivalent of karma

3. What is the Chinese concept of ch'i?
(a) Vital energy
(b) Clearing the mind
(c) Spirituality
(d) Herbal tea remedies

4. What is it that Taoists reject?
(a) Group dynamics of equality
(b) All forms of competition or ambition to stand out
(c) Quietude as a means of simplifying life
(d) Work without working

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

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

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

8. What do the guidelines for right conduct in Buddhism resemble?
(a) The Ten Commandments
(b) The Bill of Rights
(c) The Boy Scout Code
(d) The Pledge of Allegiance

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

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

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

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

13. In Taoism, what is the concept of wu wei?
(a) Organizing religious thought
(b) The study of earth, wind, and fire
(c) Moving with the times
(d) Reducing social friction to an absolute minimum

14. What appears to be a contradiction in Taoist thought?
(a) The ideas of reality and the supernatural
(b) The earthly versus the esoteric
(c) The three different senses
(d) The idea of teaching the unteachable

15. What is the result of seeking wealth, fame, and power?
(a) Competition, which is always precarious
(b) More failure than success
(c) A lifetime of hard work
(d) Either celebrity or noteriety

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What seems to be the appeal bhakti yoga?

3. What is the objective of philosophical Taoism?

4. What does the first signpost of the Path of Renunciation which reads "the community" offer the individual?

5. How did Confucius reject both the Realists and the Mohists?

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