The World's Religions Test | Final 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 does the Roman Catholic church view itself?

2. What was the major contribution to religion of the Israelite people?

3. At what point did Jesus' followers begin to accept him as God in human form?

4. How did Judaism affect human coexistence?

5. How does Huston Smith classify primal religions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Define the major difference between the Roman Catholic church and Eastern Orthodoxy.

2. Why does Huston Smith not go into any kind of comparison of the religions he writes about in the book?

3. What did the Jewish people do while in captivity that defines their need to discover meanings behind events?

4. What is the best question that should be asked about religion?

5. Identify the four major sects of the Jews during the life of Jesus.

6. How is Taoism often viewed by Westerners?

7. What was the good news of Jesus and how was it circulated?

8. Briefly list and explain the Five Pillars of Islam.

9. How did the Jews form a different idea about the importance of history?

10. How did the Roman Catholic church view itself from the time it became the official religion of Rome?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 a critique of Huston Smith's book, The World's Religions. In your critique discuss such things as how well the topics were covered, how easy or difficult the points were to understand, and whether you would recommend the book for others to read.

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