The World's Religions Test | Final Test - Easy

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did the Jews find a greater meaning in life?
(a) Through philosophy
(b) Through troubles
(c) Through revelation
(d) Through mysticism

2. What powers conquered the Jewish nation between the 8th and 6th centuries B.C.E.?
(a) Germany, Mesopotamia, and Constantinople
(b) Palestine, Egypt, and Rome
(c) Greece, Rome, and Egypt
(d) Syria, Assyria, Egypt, and Babylon

3. What is wrong with science questioning religion's ability to answer questions of ultimate reality?
(a) Science has facts to work with.
(b) Science is not concerned with it.
(c) Science has also been unable to answer those questions.
(d) Science cannot find a cure for the common cold.

4. What are hadiths?
(a) Things that have to be done
(b) Things forbidden
(c) Sayings of the Prophet
(d) Islamic headwear

5. What are the three main tenets of Christianity?
(a) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
(b) Water, Word, and Wonders
(c) Incarnation, the Atonement, and the Holy Trinity
(d) Faith, Hope, and Charity

6. Why does Huston Smith not discuss a comparison of religions as to superiority?
(a) He says there is no way to do it.
(b) He says that would take volumes instead of a single book.
(c) He says there is nothing to be gained by doing so.
(d) He says it would be too objective.

7. What creates the theater of the primal religion handed down orally?
(a) The larger outdoor setting of nature.
(b) Vocal impersonations of people and animals.
(c) Dances and pantomimes that accompany the spoken word.
(d) The spoken word has rhythms and accentuations not found on the printed page.

8. What was the main cause of the rise of Protestantism?
(a) Acceptance of Eastern orthodoxy
(b) Different interpretation of scripture
(c) Language barriers
(d) Eccliastical excesses in the Roman church

9. What vision does religion allow the believer?
(a) Things might be better than they seem
(b) How the world will end
(c) A first hand look at God
(d) What will happen in the future

10. How does the aboriginal see the figures of antiquity?
(a) As special creatures put here by God to fashion the world
(b) As primatives who had to learn everything the hard way
(c) As geniuses that fashioned everything so perfectly in the ordinary world
(d) As gods who made the world

11. What revelation about God was made known through the Exodus?
(a) God's capriciousness
(b) God's power and love
(c) God's changeableness
(d) God's face and form

12. Why do primal religions defy any form of literature?
(a) Traditionally the story tellers must be illiterate.
(b) Writing stories changes the meaning behind the words.
(c) Human memory is at the very heart of the religion itself.
(d) It is impossible to transcribe the sounds accompanying primal tales.

13. How did Judaism affect human coexistence?
(a) Judaism established the need for moral restraints in the danger zones of human existence.
(b) Judaism laid the foundations of communism.
(c) Judaism set the pattern for preemptive wars.
(d) Judaism justified the use of slave labor.

14. What happened to Islam after the death of Muhammad?
(a) It became the accepted religion of Europe.
(b) It nearly died out until the Crusades.
(c) It spread all over the world in an area more vast than the Roman Empire.
(d) It became purely political and lost its religious implications.

15. What passion within the Jewish people did their conquest inspire?
(a) The passion for money
(b) The passion for freedom
(c) The passion for war
(d) The passion for history

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is there no word for "art" in tribal American Indian languages?

2. What is the Jewish attitude toward history?

3. What Jewish writing became a basis for all laws concerning moral restraint?

4. What concept in Judaism changed the way God is perceived?

5. What are the three areas of mysticism in Sufism?

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