Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - The Varieties of Religious Experience Section 1 (Lectures I-X)
1. According to James, what is inquiry designed for?
2. How does James define religion?
3. For a man to experience the divine, what does James insist he must do?
4. What does James believe prompts people to act?
5. What is healthy-mindedness?
6. What are James' thoughts about suicide?
Short Essay Question - The Varieties of Religious Experience Section 2 (Lectures XI-Postcript)
7. What are the qualities of saintliness which James defines?
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