Quiz 25 questions about religions

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  • Question 1  Which of the following statements about bodhisattvas is true? 
  •  a They are rejected in Mahayana Buddhism. 
  • b They are laypeople in Theravada Buddhism. 
  • c They are enlightened beings who refrain from entering nirvana in order to save others.
  •  d They are monks who failed to enter nirvana and are sentenced to work for the poor.
  • Question 2  Which of the following statements regarding Buddhism's perspective on suffering is true?  
  • a Buddhism does not claim to be able to get rid of pain or evil, it merely claims that an enlightened person will no longer perceive it.
  • b Buddhism claims that attaining enlightenment will show individuals that there is no such thing as suffering.
  •  c Buddhism claims that suffering is caused by evil spirits. 
  • d Buddhism claims that suffering is necessary for spiritual development.
  • Question 3  Which of the following choices is NOT one of the Three Jewels of Buddhism? 
  •  a the Buddha
  •  b karma
  • c dharma 
  • d the Sangha
  • Question 4  Which of the following choices best expresses how Buddha taught about dharma after reaching enlightenment. 
  •  a Instead of teaching others how to learn for themselves, he taught them what he learned. 
  • b Instead of teaching what he learned, he taught others how to learn those things for themselves.
  •  c He taught them what he learned only if they could survive a life of extreme asceticism. 
  • d He did not begin teaching after reaching enlightenment.
  • Question 5  All schools of Buddhism ____________. 
  •  a accept only the Pali Tipitaka as Buddhist texts. 
  • b encourage followers to ignore the Three Jewels 
  • c encourage followers to embrace the Five Precepts 
  • d encourage followers to reject the Four Noble Truths
  • Many Mahayana sutras appear to ______________.  
  • a have been abandoned at a later time in their histories
  •  b have been abandoned at an early time in their histories 
  • c have been translated from Sanskrit into local languages at a later time in their histories 
  • d have been translated from local languages into Sanskrit at an early time in their histories
  • Question 7  The Irenaean theodicy posits that _______
  •   a evil does not exist 
  • b the existence of evil depends entirely on individual perspective 
  • c the existence of evil is necessary for proper spiritual development 
  • d evil is an illusion
  • Question 8  The Vinaya Pitaka contains __________. 
  •  a rules for Buddhist monks and nuns
  •  b rules for Buddhist rulers
  •  c rules for Buddhist children 
  • d None of the above
  • Question 9  While both the Theravada school and the Mahayana school stress the importance of attaining wisdom, the Mahayana school also emphasizes the ______________. 
  •  a practice of martial arts b practice of studying
  •  c practice of compassion 
  • d practice of fasting
  • Question 10  Vajrayana Buddhism is also sometimes called _________.
  •   a Tiantai Buddhism
  •  b Zen Buddhism 
  • c Mahayana Buddhism 
  • d Tantric Buddhism
  • Question 11  Which Buddhist school is thought to be the largest school?
  • a Mahayana Buddhism 
  • b Theravada Buddhism 
  • c Tibetan Buddhism
  •  d None of the above
  • Question 12  What is one purpose of the Noble Eightfold Path?
  •   a To provide instructions for finding an acceptable sangha.
  •  b To provide instructions for meditating correctly. 
  • c To provide instructions for eliminating dukkha. 
  • d To provide instructions for maximizing dukkha.
  • Question 13  Which of the following statements about the Middle Way is true? 
  •  a The Middle Way is a summary of the Buddhist creation story.
  •  b The Middle Way does not require Buddhists to take firm positions on metaphysical questions.
  •  c The Middle Way requires practitioners to embrace extreme self-indulgence or self-deprivation.
  •  d Both B and C
  • Question 14  Which Buddhist text contains rules for Buddhist monks and nuns, as well as explanation for those rules?  a Abhidhamma Pitaka 
  • b Vinaya Pitaka 
  • c Sutta Pitaka 
  • d Bodhisattvas Pitaka


  • Question 15  It is believed that Buddhism faced a period of oppression under the rule of which dynasty? 
  •  a the Ashokan Dynasty 
  • b the Persian Empire 
  • c the Mauryan Dynasty
  • d the Sunga Dynasty
  • Question 16  Vajrayana Buddhism holds ________ intended to focus the body and mind to be central its practice. 
  •  a rituals 
  • b charity 
  • c fasting 
  • d compassion
  • Question 17  Which of the following choices is NOT one of the Four Noble Truths?  
  • a The truth of suffering 
  • b The truth of the origin of suffering 
  • c The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering 
  • d The truth of enlightenment
  • Question 18  East Asian and Tibetan Buddhists believe there exists a period of experience between lives called _______.  a bardo
  •  b dukkha 
  • c samsara 
  • d ahimsa
  • Question 19  The cycle of samsara is _____________.  
  • a blocked by human cravings and aversions 
  • b perpetuated by human cravings and aversions
  •  c perpetuated by nirvana d
  • a human illusion
  • Question 20  The Zen school is believed to have been influenced by _________________.  
  • a Chinese Daoism 
  • b Hinduism 
  • c Confucianism
  •  d Both A and C
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  • Question 21  Which of the following choices is the proper term for a Buddhist community of nuns and monks?
  •   a the Magga 
  • b Samsara
  •  c the Dharma 
  • d the Sangha
  • Question 22  _______ is the Buddhist term for suffering, stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction.
  •   a Karma 
  • b Samsara
  •  c Dukkha 
  • d Nirvana
  • Question 23  Which of the following statements regarding Buddhism is true?  
  • a The concept of nonviolence is largely ignored. 
  • b There is no official Buddhist position on dietary restrictions. 
  • c Every Buddhist in every school is required to chant daily. 
  • d There is no prohibition on ingesting intoxicants that can alter one's mind.
  • Question 24  Which of the following choices is the correct Buddhist term for a state of bliss offering total peace and freedom from life's pain?  
  • a nirvana
  •  b samsara 
  • c karma 
  • d sangha
  • Question 25  __________ attempt to justify the existence of evil and suffering.  
  • a Theologies
  •  b Theodicies 
  • c Apologetics 
  • d Dialectics
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