World Religions: Eastern Traditions, Fourth Edition—Chapter 2

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Question 1:


a) a name derived from the river Sindhu (Indus)
b) an umbrella term that was used by the British
c) a religion that is a singular tradition with one set of core beliefs
d) a concept that only came into popular usage in the nineteenth century

Question 2:


a) have only ever been studied by the Brahmin caste
b) are believed to represent eternal sounds and words
c) are rewritten every few hundred years
d) have seven sections

Question 3:


a) a human soul being identical to Brahman
b) Brahman being equal to the cosmos
c) Atman being the same as a person
d) a human soul being equal to its karma

Question 4:


a) the Mahabharata epic
b) a shift in how the Supreme Being is conceptualized
c) the longest poem in the world
d) a story of destruction and creation through Shiva

Question 5:


a) consort
b) naga
c) yoni
d) linga

Question 6:


a) the son of Shiva and Parvati
b) a god with an elephant head
c) a patron goddess of knowledge
d) the remover of obstacles

Question 7:


a) brahmin class
b) vaishya class
c) kshatriya class
d) shudra class

Question 8:


a) has the singular view that Brahman equals Atman
b) is the most important and sustained school of philosophy
c) contains the thinking of one interpreter of the Vedas
d) is found only in Northern India

Question 9:


a) trade routes
b) the god Vishnu
c) missionaries
d) yoga practice

Question 10:


a) rationalism, goddess worship, and polytheism
b) goddess worship, humanism, and social reform
c) humanism, polytheism, and rationalism
d) social reform, rationalism, and humanism

Question 11:


a) Ramayana
b) Rig Veda
c) Bhagavad Gita
d) Laws of Manu

Question 12:


a) teach a particular sectarian tradition
b) are almost invariably male
c) emphasize universal and humanist messages
d) belong to a specific lineage

Question 13:


a) creator and destroyer
b) male and female forces
c) good and evil
d) gods and goddesses

Question 14:


a) female ancestors
b) young girls
c) brahmins
d) deceased kings

Question 15:


a) a celebration that is only practised in India
b) a word meaning “necklace of lights”
c) a celebration whose meaning varies
d) celebrations are determined by a lunar calendar

Question 16:


a) getting married
b) honouring his parents
c) performing his domestic duties
d) raising children

Question 17:


a) their liberation
b) their ancestors
c) members of their family
d) the local brahmin

Question 18:


a) not an important feature of the Hindu tradition
b) an integral part of Hindu worship
c) smrti, “that which is heard”
d) a recent addition to the Hindu tradition

Question 19:


a) are not as important as in India
b) are central features for cultural and religious identity formation
c) are built only when a miraculous event occurs
d) serve the same function as those in India

Question 20:


a) too ancient to adjust to modernity
b) an unchanging entity
c) not relevant in cultures outside India
d) a dynamic religion that adapts to new contexts