Week 5: Hitopadesa (Hitopadesha)

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The following is a list of statements which are either True or False. When you take the quiz, you will have 10 of these statements, chosen at random. You can take the quiz up to 5 times, and your average score will be recorded.

Apply the 80% RULE when you are taking quizzes for these classes. In other words: don't stress about trying to get 100% on these quizzes. The quizzes are here to make sure you are ready to go on to the next activity. If you get 80% or better, you are ready to proceed. If you get less than 80% you need to go back and do the reading again (read more slowly, take notes) and take the quiz again, aiming for at least 80%.

  1. T or F ? When Rama chased the golden deer, his wife was kidnapped.
  2. T or F ? The term "nested stories" refers to stories about birds, especially talking birds.
  3. T or F ? Niti-shastra means a technical treatise on the art of warfare.
  4. T or F ? Rajah means king or ruler.
  5. T or F ? The Hitopadesha is full of proverbs.
  6. T or F ? The Hitopadesha was originally written in Arabic and then translated into Sanskrit.
  7. T or F ? Shiva is the Hindu god of destruction and of regeneration
  8. T or F ? The Sanskrit language is the ancestor of modern Hindi.
  9. T or F ? Vishnu-Sarma educated the sons of the king by teaching them martial arts and yoga.
  10. T or F ? The Ganges is a mountain range in the north of India.
  11. T or F ? The Hitopadesha is based on an earlier collection of stories called the Panchatantra.
  12. T or F ? The Indian style of "nested stories" was greatly influenced by earlier European literature.
  13. T or F ? The Hitopadesha is an example of didactic literature.
  14. T or F ? Vishnu is a Hindu god also known by the name Narayana.
  15. T or F ? The Arabic Kalilah-wa-Dimnah was translated into European languages during the Middle Ages.
  16. T or F ? Rama is the hero of the ancient Indian epic known as the Panchatantra.
  17. T or F ? King Sudarsana chooses the wise man Vishnu-Sarma to educate his sons.
  18. T or F ? The sons of King Sudarsana were embarrassed because their father, the king, was uneducated.
  19. T or F ? Patna is the name of the Hindu god of love, also known as Kamadeva.
  20. T or F ? The Panchatantra was probably put together around the year 900 B.C.E.
  21. T or F ? A Brahman is the technical term for a storyteller in the Hindu tradition.
  22. T or F ? The Hitopadesha is a collection of stories from ancient India.
  23. T or F ? Mahabharata is a city in India located on the Ganges river.
  24. T or F ? Both the Buddhist jataka tales and the Hitopadesha stories feature talking animals.
  25. T or F ? Sri Lanka was formerly known as Seeva.

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