Final Exam Medium-Length Essay Questions
Two of the questions below will appear, exactly as are, on the final exam. I will choose the two randomly and they will be worth nearly 50% of the exam score. You will be asked to write for approximately 20 minutes on each. Your preparations for the questions that I do not include in the medium-length essay section will help with other parts of the exam.
In your essays, it is thus very important that
(a) be specific about sub-traditions, movements, sects, texts, persons, historical events and periods -- even if the question doesn’t specify them. For example, it is too general to refer to “Hinduism” as one tradition;
(b) use terms appropriately and accurately throughout your answers;
(c) clarify concepts whenever you refer to them
the possible reasons for which Vedanta has contributed to the acceptance of
Sufi Islam in India. Then explain how
each fits (or does not fit) into its own orthodox tradition.
the paradoxical nature of Lord Siva and then develop a set of comparisons
with the nature of Kali.
Buddhist and Jain visions of liberation.
Then discuss briefly the ways in which these different visions require
different means to their attainment.
Sufism and Krishna devotionalism with respect to
the divine-human relationship.
has both mystical and worldly aspects.
Describe these and, from a scholarly viewpoint, discuss the historical
sources of each.