Part I: Quiz-Style Questions
combination of multiple-choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank
questions based on material that is on the course web pages and was
discussed in class.
Part II: Identify & State the Significance
Identify and state the significance of 5 out of 8 items, all
of which are prominently featured on the web and were discussed in detail during class.
Part III: Essay Questions
Answer 2 of the following 3 essay questions:
In Shinto: The Way Home, Thomas P.
Kasulis explores Shinto through the idea of the “holographic entry point.”
Explain what Kasulis means by this term, and then use it to interpret the
various experiences that one would typically have during a visit to a Shinto
shrine — such as passing
through a torii at the entrance of the shrine, rinsing one’s hands and mouth at the temizuya, and bowing/clapping/bowing
at the shrine’s haiden (worship hall). Your response should conclude with
a reflection on the primary purpose of a visit to a Shinto shrine based on your
examination of the various “holographic entry points” that it contains.
Discuss the historical factors that led to the
development of Prince Shotoku’s Seventeen-Article Constitution and then
summarize at least two of its articles to explain how the document attempted to
use Confucian principles to transform the Japanese system of government. You
should conclude by identifying at least one way that the Confucian-style government
of Imperial China was adapted to fit the religious context of
In Buddhism: Introducing the Buddhist
Donald Mitchell and Sarah Jacoby identify four key
characteristics that are associated with the development of Mahayana
The Bodhisattva Path, The Perfection of Wisdom, Buddha Nature, and
Realms. Describe each of these four characteristics and explain how
collectively created a “Great Vehicle” that led to the attainment of
full Buddhahood while simultaneously making Buddhism more accessible to
the average layperson.