World Religions: Western Traditions, Fourth Edition—Chapter 1

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Question 1:


a) BC
b) AD
c) CE
d) BCE

Question 2:


a) Easter
b) All Souls Day
c) The summer solstice
d) Ramadan

Question 3:


a) Both are celebrated during the time of the year marked by the winter solstice.
b) Both celebrate the coming of the messiah.
c) Both have roots in Judaism.
d) They share nothing in common.

Question 4:


a) Holy
b) Valuable
c) Set aside
d) Mundane

Question 5:


a) Holy, human, and animal
b) Sacred, mundane, and evil
c) Sky, earth, and underworld
d) Good, bad, and ugly

Question 6:


a) Agricultural
b) Imperial
c) Mercantile
d) Hunting

Question 7:


a) These societies prized acquisitory prowess as divine.
b) These societies had a conception of an afterlife in which these objects would be helpful.
c) These societies believed that material objects contained spirits.
d) These societies believed that the dead would return to terrorize the living if their possessions were not interred with them.

Question 8:


a) These places were understood as protected from the evil residing in the underworld.
b) Sacred animal spirits such as eagles and hawks resided in these places.
c) The trek up to these places was viewed as an act of submission to the divine.
d) These places were understood as close to sky-dwelling deities, and thus important for ritual activities.

Question 9:


a) Shaman
b) Prophet
c) Oracle
d) Astrologist

Question 10:


a) The centre of a ritual site
b) The phenomenon of “world religions”
c) A symbolic link between earth and sky
d) A symbolic link between two religious traditions

Question 11:


a) The dissemination of religious traditions along the silk road connecting Europe and Asia
b) A language family and cultural system rooted in an ancient group whose influence extended from Europe to Asia
c) The synchronization of religious practices rooted in India with European religious traditions
d) The migration of nomadic tribes from the Indian sub-continent to Europe

Question 12:


a) Male violence
b) Male boorishness
c) Male virility
d) Male intelligence

Question 13:


a) Sacrosanct
b) Kosher
c) Festive
d) Idolatrous

Question 14:


a) Hereditary
b) Shamanistic
c) Gnostic
d) Missionary

Question 15:


a) Moses
b) Abraham
c) David
d) Solomon

Question 16:


a) Chronos
b) Gaia
c) Dioysus
d) Diana

Question 17:


a) Hereditary priesthood
b) Veneration of animal spirits
c) Scriptural study
d) Asceticism

Question 18:


a) Avatar
b) Axis mundi
c) Monotheism
d) Ahimsa

Question 19:


a) Sacrificial
b) Sacerdotal
c) Scriptural
d) Ecstatic

Question 20:


a) During the Babylonian captivity
b) Two to three generations after the death of Jesus
c) During Jesus’ ministry
d) During the Renaissance