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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Hinduism teach that pain can be endured?
(a) By avoiding situations that have a potential for pain
(b) By certain natural pain inhibitors taken orally
(c) By learning to enjoy the sensations of pain
(d) By focusing on that which distracts the mind from the pain itself

2. What did the Buddha think about religious rituals?
(a) He taught they were necessary exercises.
(b) He thought they had been neglected.
(c) He ridiculed rites as mere superstitions.
(d) He invented new ones for his day.

3. How does Hinduism see life?
(a) On a continuum that moves naturally through all the stages
(b) As the main source of suffering
(c) As something to be ignored
(d) As a way to stay young

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the guidelines for right conduct in Buddhism resemble?

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

3. What are the Hindu stages of life?

4. Who is Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakya?

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?

Short Essay Questions

1. When did Confucius begin his mission of teaching the people?

2. Explain how Huston Smith made his arbitrary decisions about what to include in his book.

3. Explain how Huston Smith compares his book to other survey studies.

4. In what way does Taoism seem to have fragmented?

5. Simply stated, how do the three approaches to Taoism come together?

6. What is the ultimate goal of Hinduism?

7. Explain something about the Atman.

8. In what way is Buddhism a religion of introspection?

9. What is the irony of Buddhist practice today?

10. What warning is given about the practice of raja yoga?

(see the answer keys)

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