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Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School
HRE 30 Grade 11 open Religion (World Religions)
Day 2 January 2019
Teacher: R. D’Alessio Time: 2 Hours
Explain each term in sentence form
Circle the correct answer
Match section A with the term in section B.
Fill in the Blanks
Fill in the blanks
Answer the following questions
in one paragraph.
Go back and do missed questions
Check your work
Try to answer every question
Section 1: Short Answer (92 points)
- Choose one a) How is the Jewish home made sacred? B) What is the theme in Life of Pi? (2)
- Choose one a) Briefly describe the significance of the time between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, including each of these holy days. B) Name 4 reasons why Pi gets sad in Life of Pi. (4)
- Define any six of the following: (12)
Bar Mitzvah, rabbi, circumcision, covenant, Hanukkah, Israel, kosher, Passover, synagogue , Torah, Yom Kippur, Zionism.
(Know: Life of Pi, Tao, jen, folk Shinto, myth polytheism, Ahura Mazda, dakhma, Gathas, ahimsa, jiva, karma, atman, Brahma, Brahman, caste system, guru, Krishna, mantra, maya, meditation, yoga, Vedas associated with, Aboriginal spirituality, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Torah, journals, Qur’an, 5 Pillars of Islam, SUNNI, SHI’A,
Multiple Choice (25 points)
- Agnostic peoples believe in….
- A Supreme Creator and other lesser spirits than control power in the universe.
- Only one God that they call Grandfather.
- Many Gods that all have equal powers, but no supreme being.
- None of the above
- What is the purpose of the Vision Quest?
- It is a form of confession.
- It is a right of passage to adulthood.
- It is an attempt to foresee the future.
- It is to sit in a sweat lodge until you are purified.
- The sacred writings of Aboriginal peoples are:
- Totem poles
- A book called oracy
- Several books and scriptures called the Good Messages.
- They didn’t have written text; the knowledge, prayers and culture was passed down by the telling and retelling of events.
(Know: What is the common belief of death and afterlife for the Aboriginal peoples? Why did Zoroaster want to change Persia’s religious beliefs?, Jainism, Bible Belt, Confucianism, Shinto, Nirvana, Dalai Lama, Reiki, the 7 Sacraments)
Matching (10 points)
(Know: Agnosticism, Gandhi, Messiah)
Fill in the Blanks: (13 points)
- The religion of __________________ says it’s against the will of God to marry outside of your faith.
- _______________ is the four traditional stages of life as Hinduism ideally depicts them and what is involved in each.
- The religion of ______________________________ teaches that contraception is immoral and a sin outside of marriage and also inside of marriage up until the time the couple are no longer having children.
Buddha ashramas Schrodinger’s Cat Shi’ A Kosher
Long Answer: 15 points
describe Christianity's relationship to Judaism. Be sure to cover both historical and theological issues.
(Know: Lost episode Season 2, episode 1,”Man of Science, Man of Faith”
Test: Thursday, Nov. 22
What to know:
Dalai Lama Middle Way
Wheel of Life
Matching, True Or False, Fill in the blanks, short answer, opinion question
Example True or False:
Buddhism was founded 2500 years ago in India.
There are four main schools of Buddhism.
The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, commemorates the enlightenment of the
What to know for the fill in the blanks:
Therevada Tripikata Zen Garden End of Suffering
Mahayana Parinirvana Songkran Symbols Rituals
Three Baskets Sutras lay people
Example short answer: Name the 4 Noble Truths
Opinion Question: In your opinion, is Buddhism a religion, a philosophy, a psychology, or a way of life?
Give at least three arguments to support your position.
Study: notes, handouts, Buddhism chapter in text book
Hinduism (notes/end of chapter questions in text)
Bishop Sheen (YouTube clip on "how to think")
Wayne Dyer (what was his message about steps to being happy and successful in life)
Schroeder Cat (define theory)
LOST episode (Dr. Jack Shepperd was a person of science but how did he also experience faith? (he didn't think his patient would ever walk again, and she did).
TEST: Monday Oct.1st. OKA, Inuit myth, notes (“All Religions…”, Aboriginals, Early Religions) , The Elders are Listening, Liliwalla, Samsara, Aghori*
Dear Parents: The topic of residential schools will come up during the Aboriginal Unit. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this. Thank you. Mr. Rob D'Alessio: Rob.D'Alessio@cdsbeo.on.ca
Here is our class pic
The greatest film acording to...
ENG1D: "The Hunger Games"
ENG3C: tie between "Deadpool" and "21 Jump Street"
HRT3O: "Dirty Grandpa"
Remind App: Beginning Jan. 28, those who normally get texts will no longer receive messages if they have plans with Rogers, Bell, or their subsidiaries.
(past: mythology/creation story, test, OKA crisis journal, Brother Bear journal, Wayne Dyer journal, Thought Experiments journals, Lost journal, Cat in the box journal, God Part of Brain journal, Hinduism end of chapter questions, prayer service, essay, Kosher menu.)
Jan. 9th: Culminating Task begins
17th: term 2 journals and text work and "healthy soul" brochure
Welcome! Stay tuned, this website will be updated soon. Meanwhile, you can reach me at Rob.D'Alessio@cdsbeo.on.ca and please join the class on the Remind App.
HZT4U/HRT3M/O: Life of Pi
“Above all, don’t lose hope.”
"In the end, all of life becomes a moment of letting go."
There is a lot of philosophy in Life of Pi. From a positive psychology standpoint, the main character is very resilient and purpose-orientated.
Themes: Will to live, determination, story-telling/mythology, and The Nature of Religious Belief (film/novel begins with an old man in Pondicherry who tells the narrator, “I have a story that will make you believe in God.” Storytelling and religious belief are two closely linked ideas in the film/novel. On a literal level, each of Pi’s three religions, Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam, come with its own set of stories, which are used to spread the teachings and illustrate the beliefs of the faith. Pi enjoys the wealth of stories, but he also senses that, as Father Martin assured him was true of Christianity, each of these stories might simply be aspects of a greater, universal story about love. Stories and religious beliefs are also linked in Life of Pi because Pi asserts that both require faith on the part of the listener or devotee. Surprisingly for such a religious boy, Pi admires atheists (in the book). To him, the important thing is to believe in something, and Pi can appreciate an atheist’s ability to believe in the absence of God with no concrete proof of that absence. Pi has nothing but disdain, however, for agnostics, who claim that it is impossible to know either way, and who therefore refrain from making a definitive statement on the question of God. Pi sees this as evidence of a shameful lack of imagination. To him, agnostics who cannot make a leap of faith in either direction are like listeners who cannot appreciate the non-literal truth a fictional story might provide.
Life of Pi is based on Yann Martel's 2001 novel of the same name. The storyline revolves around a 16-year-old Indian boy named Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel, who survives a shipwreck in which his family dies, and is stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat with a tiger named Richard Parker.
If you were away when we watched the film and wish to watch it before reading further, this is your Spoiler Alert: Pi is crushed that Richard Parker does not acknowledge him before disappearing into the jungle. Pi is rescued and brought to a hospital. Insurance agents for the freighter interview him, but do not believe his story and ask what "really" happened. Remembering an incident aboard the ship when the ship's cook insulted his family, he makes up a less fantastic account of sharing the lifeboat with his mother, a Buddhist sailor with a broken leg, and the cook. According to this story, the cook killed the sailor in order to eat him and use him as bait. In a later struggle, Pi's mother pushed her son to safety on a smaller raft before the cook stabbed her and threw her overboard. Pi later returned, took the knife and killed the cook. Next, Yann notes the parallels between the two stories: the orangutan was Pi's mother, the zebra was the sailor, the hyena was the cook, and Richard Parker was Pi. Pi asks which story the writer prefers, and the writer chooses "the one with the tiger" because it is "the better story", to which Pi responds, "Thank you. And so it goes with God". Glancing at a copy of the insurance report, Yann sees that the agents wrote that Pi survived 227 days at sea with an adult Bengal tiger, meaning they had also chosen the more fantastic story to be the one recorded as the real story.
The author of the novel meant to teach readers that life is a story... You can choose your story... A story with God is the better story." A recurring theme throughout the novel seems to be believability. Pi at the end of the book asks the two investigators "If you stumble about believability, what are you living for? "There are two main themes of the book: "that all life is interdependent, and that we live and breathe via belief" (positive psychology).
The author is also quoted as saying: “I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
- Pick 2 of the following quotes and interpret them in your own words considering the context during the film: (4)
- a) “Why would a Lotus flower hide in the forest?”
- b) “…And so it goes with God?”
- c) “I know zoos are no longer in people’s good graces. Religion faces the same problem. Certain illusions about freedom plague them both.”
- d) “Without Richard Parker, I wouldn’t be alive today to tell you my story.”
- e) “The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.”
- What would you do if you were stranded at sea in a lifeboat? (1)
- What is your view on zoos? (2)
- Was there really a tiger in the boat or not? Explain. (2)
BONUS: How might the storm scene (the climax) be symbolic?
Information on the floating island:
The floating island is very symbolic of society, humanity, faith and the environment. For example, Castello Aragonese is a small island which really exists in the Tyrrhenian Sea near Naples. Bubbles of carbon dioxide rise from volcanic vents on the seafloor and dissolve to form high concentrations of carbonic acid that make seawater corrosive. That real island offers insight into the acidification of the world’s oceans, as they absorb increasing amounts of anthropogenic atmospheric carbon dioxide thanks to our excessive burning of “archived” photosynthesis fuels (oil, coal and natural gas). Like the floating island Pi and Richard Parker discover, the island of Castello Aragonese creates beds of vivid green sea grass and sustains swarms of translucent jellyfish and algae. Yet no other life survives in its waters. All the world’s oceans could in theory become this acidified via pollution by 2100 with severe impacts on small lifeforms in the ocean.
Initially Pi thinks the island is a delusion (in the book). “I was getting used to my delusion. To make it last I refrained from putting a strain on it; when the lifeboat nudged the island, I did not move, only continued to dream.” But the author spends too long with the island for it to just be a delusion. Pi describes the island very precisely. “My foot sank into the clear water and met the rubbery resistance of something flexible but solid. I put more weight down. The illusion would not give. I put the full weight of my foot. Still I did not sink. Still I did not believe.” This doubting Thomas illusion mixes with the fact that it's an island that can consume you if you're not careful. Perhaps, if your faith is too easy and you no longer brave the stormy seas, then you're no longer experiencing real faith.
Hinduism & Buddhism note
Fiddler on the Roof
The God part of the brain theory
The Disappearance of the Universe theory
What is Hinduism handout
Text: Hinduism in Canada, Buddhist beliefs, The 5 Precepts, p.189, Zen,
Buddhism Matching Examples:
Ahimsa, Enlightenment, Puja, Anicca, Karma, Reincarnation, Ascetic, Koan, Samsara,
Bhikkhuni, Mandala, Sangha, Bodhisattva, Mantras, Sutras, Buddha, Meditation, Tripitaka,
Dalai Lama, Middle Way, Wheel of Life (see text), Dharma, Nirvana, Zen Buddhism,
Ahimsa, Maya, Atman, Avatar, Moksha, Bhakti, Om, Brahma, Prasad, Brahman, Samsara,
Caste System, Swami, Dharma, Vedas, Guru, Vishnu, Hindu Trinity, Yoga, Homa, Yogi,
True or False Buddhism examples:
Buddhism was founded 2500 years ago in India.
there are four main schools of Buddhism.
The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, India, commemorates the enlightenment of the
The Buddha was not born a Buddhist, rather he was a Hindu.
All Buddhist teachings show the way to end the suffering of life and to stop Samsara.
The Dukkha is satisfaction that represents the idea that all humans and animals have to
There are four noble truths in Buddhism.
An eight-spoke wheel is the symbol for the eightfold path.
Offerings in Buddhism are performed quietly in the temple.
TEST = Thursday
Matching Section: Soul, Monotheism, Atheist, Totem Pole, Polytheism, Agnostic, Neanderthal, Religious Pluralism, Reincarnation, Aboriginal, Credo, Faithkeeper, Indigenous Sacred, First Nations, Religious Impulse, Secular, Humanist, Theology, Shaman, Ritual, Ethics, Sachem, Elder, Wampum, Symbol
Short Answer section:
What do all Aboriginals have in common?
and early religions structured note handout with terms from Mar.21st
-notes on what all religions have in common and aboriginal spirituality
-theory of the soul
-name 5 tribes
-challenges Natives face...
This is where due dates will be posted. By Friday Feb. 23, all due dates should be appearing here though they will be subject to change.
Overdue: Term 1 ESSAY (Religious Impulse)
Feb. 20 text work------------Feb.22
OKA crisis journal------------Feb.23
Brother Bear q's-------------Mar.1st
Judasim (p.101, Laws of Kashruth)---- Mar. 8
Hindu p.61 Paths-----------Mar. 21
Ba'hi guest speaker q's----Mar.28
Fidler on the Roof q's-------Mar.29th
Ghandi q's------------------April 6
Family Life test-------------April 9
Buddhism p.79/5 Precepts--April 13
Islam (5 Pillars Faith Poster/Iman WANT AD/p.162---May 4th
Culminating task----------June 6
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