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Experiencing the World's Religions, 2/e
Michael Molloy

Oral Religions

Multiple Choice Quiz


A bias against the study of oral religions up until the twentieth century has been
A)that too much variety exists.
B)the idea that religious art should be impermanent.
C)the assumption that they are not complex.
D)that they contain too many taboos.

In the worldview of animism,
A)there are no clear boundaries between the natural and supernatural.
B)definite boundaries exist between the natural and supernatural.
C)animals were once human beings.
D)the natural world is superior to the supernatural.

To believe that nature is full of spirits implies that
A)ghosts inhabit the world.
B)human beings must treat all things with care.
C)one must worship nature.
D)one must fight with the spirits.

Sacred time is
A)always moving forward and future-oriented.
B)a time for formal worship.
C)cyclical, returning to its origins for renewal.
D)linear and focused on the present.

Constructed sacred space
A)is never as effective as its natural counterpart.
B)is a means of conforming daily life to mythic events.
C)must be established near a striking natural site.
D)is often in a symbolic shape such as a circle or square.

Oral religions
A)make little distinction between a god and an ancestor.
B)make a significant distinction between a god and an ancestor.
C)often focus on a High God.
D)usually worship androgynous deities.

Key events in the life cycle are
A)taboo in many oral religions.
B)marked with special rituals.
C)dedicated to the ancestors.
D)downplayed in tribal cultures.

The Native American vision quest is an example of
A)a marriage ceremony.
B)a girl's reception into the tribe.
C)a rite of passage.
D)assisting the spirit of a dead person to move on.

Taboos that have been broken are often mended through
A)wearing masks for prescribed periods of time.
B)dance and music.
C)rites of passage.

The term medicine man refers to
A)the keeper of the sacred pipe.
B)missionary doctors who visit tribes.
C)the chief of the tribe.
D)the shaman.

Navaho sand paintings are
A)a lost tribal art.
B)etched into the sides of cliffs in the southwest.
C)temporary creations in a ritual.
D)used when other materials are unavailable.

A place where one can sometimes escape punishment is
A)the underworld.
B)a sanctuary.
C)the abode of the ancestors.
D)a tiki.

A common symbol signifying the center of the universe in many oral religions is
A)the sacred tree of life.
B)a lightning bolt.
C)the feather.
D)the good luck charm.