The World's Religions Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Huston Smith
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do Hindus tend to look at Sikhs?

2. What is dharma?

3. What was the conflicting idea of Mohism during Confucius' time?

4. What Huston Smith says the book is not.

5. How does Confucianism conflict with the yogi idea of finding God?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the symbolism of the rafts in Buddhism?

2. What is the usefulness of practicing karma yoga?

3. What is the gist of Philosophical Taoism?

4. Why is there so much emphasis on self-examination in Buddhism?

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

6. Describe Religious Taoism and how it accommodated the esoteric.

7. How does Sri Ramakrishna explain the Hindu tolerance of other religions?

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

9. How did the Buddha get his name?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the conflict between Christianity and the primal religions with missionaries determined to convert the heathens. Express your opinion on the effects those efforts had in terms of diminishing cultures and their religious beliefs. Explain whether you would have supported such efforts and why.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay on the idea that "if there were no god, man would have invented one." From your study of the world's religions, discuss that idea in light of the different ways a Supreme Being is conceived of in various religions.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on the ultimate goal of all religions. In your essay mention the different concepts of heaven or nirvana as held by different religious thought. Contrast the ideas of achieving perfection and the ideas of a place.

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