Exam Topics B for Friday, November 19, 2010
If you will not be here on Monday, March 6 to take the exam, you
must make prior arrangements by Wednesday, March 1. You must receive
prior permission for absence as well as to take the exam separately.
Only exceptional cases will be allowed.
The exam will be multiple choice, and as covered in the syllabus,
will count 10% of your grade. There is only one right answer per
question. If there appears to be more than one right answer, select
the best answer.
If you have any questions about the exam or the topics included in
the exam, please ask me. You can come in during office hours, make an
appointment or send me email.
- The story of how the Zhuangzi was compiled
- Who was Zhuangzi - lifestyle, family, contradictions in his
- The relation between perspectivalism, illusion, and oneness in
CT's view of language, truth, and reality
- The social and philosophical significance of figures like Cook
Ting and Woodworker Ch'ing
- The social and philosophical significance of figures like the
Woman Crookback, Crippled Shu and the Madman of Ch'u
- Usefulness and uselessness as Taoist themes in Zhuangzi
- Four uses of language in the Zhuangzi
- Zhuangzi's view of death
- Xunzi's view of human nature
- Xunzi's view of the relation between heaven, earth, and human
- Xunzi's view of the li
- The story of the Buddha's life
- The significance of the names of the Buddha: Siddharta Gautama
and Sakyamuni Buddha
- The four noble truths and the three marks of existence
- The three treasures and the three baskets (of sacred
- Nagarjuna and the two-fold truth of form and emptiness
- The Holy Teaching of Vimalakirti: The significance of
the three episodes involving flower petals, Sariputra's silence,
and the exchange of gender with the Goddess
Chinese Philosophical Schools of Buddhism
- What are the "Four Middles" as set forth by Chi-ts'ang of the
- What is the theory of human nature as evil described by Chih-i
of the T'ien-t'ai School?