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. What historical event occurred just as Confucius began teaching?

2. Who is Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakya?

3. What is the result of seeking wealth, fame, and power?

4. What is the central characteristic of the Sikh?

5. What Huston Smith says the book is not.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How did Siddhartha react to any effort to elevate him to god stature?

7. What is the inherent problem with perceiving the natural world according to Hinduism?

8. How did the Buddha get his name?

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

10. Explain something about the Atman.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay comparing Buddhism and Protestantism as movements to reform ecclesiastical excesses. In the essay contrast the methods used to bring about the reforms.

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the effects on the Chinese culture from both Confucianism and Taoism. Give specific examples of cultural practices that exist because of these teachings. Compare them to the effects of the Protestant ethic on the United States of America.

Essay Topic 3

Write an essay about major moral and ethical contributions made by the Jews. Be sure to discuss the impact of written laws and the Jewish emphasis on the value of human life. State your opinion as to what the world might have been like without these valuable contributions.

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