About the Midterm Exam


The midterm will invite you to draw from your knowledge of all materials covered thus far in the class readings, lectures, discussions and videos. You will need to be able to do the following:

      Reproduce the historical timeline given in Trautman as well as the period of the Upanishads. This includes important figures, geographic and political changes, and the rise and development of the major forms of religion from 3000 BCE to 500 BCE

      Reproduce the names of the major genres of religious texts in India and know their structure and basic content (if we studied it)

      Be able to identify and say something about the significance of the three excerpts studied in class (posted on BB) as well as any excerpt from the Prime Ramayana.

      Reflect your understanding of the major concepts from the different traditions and compare them, using accurate terminology


The midterm will include the following kinds of questions:


1.   Historical questions

2.   Definition: These questions ask you to define the central terms and related concepts as we studied in class and in the readings.

3.   Text identification, including any excerpt from the Ramayana: These ask you to identify the text and say something about its significance. They questions can invite comparisons with other texts studied

4.   Short Answer Essays: These can cover anything in the course materials and should be about 5-7 sentences each.

5.   Mid-Length Essays: These ask you to develop longer essay responses to broad and sometimes comparative questions.