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

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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. What is one way Jnana yoga suggests one can distinguish Self from one's lesser physical being?

2. Who is credited as the originator of Taoism?

3. What did religious Taoism accommodate that other religions in China did not?

4. What did the Buddha write during his lifetime?

5. What is the irony of assigning god-like attributes to the Buddha?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In two sentences, describe what is known about Lao Tzu.

3. What is the irony of Buddhist practice today?

4. Describe the last stage of spiritual awareness in Hinduism called sannyasin.

5. Why is Zen Buddhism so difficult to define in words?

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

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

8. What was the political condition in China as Confucius began his teaching?

9. What is the purpose of Jnana yoga in Hinduism?

10. Explain something about the Atman.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about religious viewpoints on sin. In your essay be sure to refer to the way the Buddha perceived sin. Also discuss sin as presented to the Israelites in the form of the Ten Commandments.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the Dalai Lama. Include the tradition of reincarnation in your essay. Collect information about the current Dalai Lama and his impact not only on Tibetans but also on the world in general.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay on how your preconceived ideas of one or more of the religions examined in the book have changed. Describe what you knew about the religion before the study and how the study changed your viewpoint of the religion.

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