final exam essay questions 1


Below are eight different essay questions, one for each of the last eight modules.

Make sure you answer each question.

Each question has at least one or two parts. Make sure you answer the whole question. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me using canvas email. If it is urgent, then please call me at 619 890 0009, and leave a message. I will return your call as soon as possible.

Upload your essay answers

In this section (Module 17.3), you will upload your answers to the essay questions for the midterm exam. They should have been sent to you via email, but if you didn’t receive them, they are also below.

The answers can be uploaded between Friday, May 23rd at 5 am and Sunday, May 24 at 11 pm.

Spelling and Grammar

Please make sure you answer all the questions to the best of your ability. Remember that spelling and grammar count. You are allowed to have a few minor errors, but you should write your answers in standard academic English with very few if any spelling or grammar errors.


Please do not cheat in any manner. You are not allowed to merely cut and paste answers from the internet or any book. Do not copy from other students. The standard rules apply that if I find out that you have cheated you will receive a zero on the exam.


You must produce original work. You may use paraphrases and quotes but quotes should be kept to a minimum.

Make sure you cite any quotes or paraphrases. If you use an author used in the class, you merely need to provide the name and page number. However, if you use any other author than the ones used in the class, please provide a full reference at the bottom of the essay.

Final Exam Essay Questions

  1. Judaism
    • When one is to talk about Judaism and its history, one of the things that must be discussed is anti-Semitism. Explain what anti-Semitism is and how it has influenced Jewish history. Also use the following concepts: genocide, persecution, forcible conversion, pogroms, ghettoization, dress codes, torture.) (100 words minimum, 25 points possible.)
  2. Christianity Part One
    • The Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Protestantism all claim that they are the one true faith. Explain why each group thinks that they are the true religion. (100 words minimum, 25 points possible)
  3. Christianity Part Two
    • According to Neusner, 92% of Americans believe in God and 70% identify as Christians. Many Americans tend to take it for granted that Christianity is the only legitimate religion. In light of this, describe two criticisms of Christianity in general, and whether you agree or disagree and why. (100 words minimum, 25 points possible.)
  4. Islam
    • What is Jihad? Write me an essay explaining this concept. Be sure to explain the difference between greater and lesser Jihad. Also, use the following concepts: sword verses, defense, and struggle. Other concepts may be used if needed. (100 words minimum, 25 points possible.)
  5. The Bahai Faith
    • Compare and contrast teachings of the Bahai Faith regarding women with two other religions covered in the second half of the course. (Modules 9 through 16.) (100 words minimum, 25 points possible.)
  6. Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
    • What is restorationism? Explain how the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) which we discussed in class are a restorationist church. (Use the following concepts: apostolic succession, the great apostasy, revelation, the Bible (how it was lost or changed.) Other concepts may be used if needed. (100 words minimum, 25 points possible.)
  7. Scientology
    • Religion has been defined in this course by what follows.
      “A religion is an organized approach to human spirituality which usually encompasses a set of narratives, symbols, beliefs, and practices, often with a supernatural or transcendent quality, that gives meaning to the practitioner’s experiences of life through reference to a higher power, God or gods, or ultimate truth.”
      • Scientology is a religion according to the above definition. Argue either for or against the claim that Scientology is a religion. You must provide evidence and an argument as to why it is or is not a religion. (100 words minimum, 25 points possible.)
  8. Secular Humanism
    • Explain what is Secular Humanism and explain how atheism is (can be) a part of secular humanism.
      • Next, explain how it is still acceptable to insult people by calling them an atheist and then explain why this would be wrong according to Epstein. Other concepts may be used if needed. (100 words minimum, 25 points possible.)

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