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, primary texts, images, 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 2500 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 excerpts from primary texts studied in class.

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


The midterm can include the following kinds of questions:


1.   Image identification: You are asked to identify an image and discuss its significance.

2.   Historical questions: These ask you to give a timeline and describe the significant historical features with respect to Indian religious traditions

3.   Mapping: You are given a map outline and asked to fill in specific features

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

5.   Primary text identification: These ask you to identify the text and say something about its significance.

6.   Short answer essays: These can cover anything in the course materials and should be about 5-7 sentences each.

7.   Medium-length essays: These ask you to develop longer essay responses to broad and sometimes comparative questions.