Important note: The following test is intended to demonstrate the structure and format of a standard RelS 201 mid-term test. The course is not always taught in the same way, and therefore not all the questions contained here will necessarily be applicable to the current version of the course.

The University of Calgary
Department of Religious Studies
Religious Studies 201--XX

Mid-Term Test: Christianity

Prof. E. Segal

Section One: Answer 1 of the following questions in the examination booklet (Your essay should be approximately 1 1/2 single-spaced pages long):

Section One
(out of 35)

  1. Discuss the Christian understandings of the role of the "Messiah" examining the centrality of this concept to the development of the religion.
  2. Discuss the main activities and ideas of Paul, explaining his importance to the growth and definition of the Christian religion.

Section Two: Answer 4 of the following questions in the space provided or on the reverse side of this sheet:

  1. Outline one distinctive characteristic of "the Gospel according to Matthew."

    Section Two
    (out of 25)

  2. What is Gnosticism? Give one example of its effect on the early Church?

  3. Briefly describe the idea of the "Logos" and its connection to Christianity.

  4. Who was John the Baptist and what is his place in Christian tradition?

  5. According to M. Fisher, in what way did Jesus profess a "radical ethic" in comparison with the conventional Jewish views.

Section Three: Answer 4 of the following questions on this sheet: Indicate your choice by circling the correct letter (Each question is worth 4 points).

Section Three
(out of 16)

  1. The "Transfiguration" refers to:
  2. In the Orthodox Church, any change that will affect all churches is decided by:
  3. Which of the following statements about Icons is not true?
  4. The importance of Constantine to Christianity lies in the fact that:
  5. The "Holy Eucharist":

Section Four: Define four of the following terms in the space provided or on the reverse of this sheet: (Each answer is worth 6 points).

Section Four
(out of 24)

  1. Beatitudes.

  2. Epiphany.

  3. Penance.

  4. Dogma.
    (out of 100)

  5. Easter Sunday.

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