Multiple-choice questions

This section can be used as a review activity in which students are asked to justify their selections.

  1. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is a wording of the Golden Rule that originally came from:
    1. The Ancient Greeks
    2. American folk wisdom
    3. The Bible
    4. Confucius
  2. Forms of the Golden Rule are found in:
    1. African cultures
    2. Asian cultures
    3. European cultures
    4. All of the above
  3. It is unlikely that a form of the Golden Rule would be found in:
    1. Hinduism
    2. Buddhism
    3. A fascist philosophy
    4. Christianity
  4. Forms of the Golden Rule are found in:
    1. Jainism
    2. Islam
    3. Judaism
    4. All of the above
  5. Forms of the Golden Rule are found in:
    1. Ancient Egyptian writings
    2. American literature of the 1800s
    3. American folklore
    4. All of the above
  6. The Golden Rule’s ethical guideline is closest to the idea of:
    1. Egotism
    2. One-upmanship
    3. Reciprocity
    4. Revenge
  7. Of the four traditions listed below, whose version of the Golden rule most clearly extends beyond humans to include other creatures that can feel pain?
    1. Taoism
    2. Confucianism
    3. Jainism
    4. Christianity
  8. Of those listed, which one was first to clearly state an altruistic form of the Golden Rule along the lines of “do unto others”?
    1. Jesus in the New Testament
    2. Homer in The Odyssey (Greek epic)
    3. Sukhanan-i-Muhammad (Islamic scholar)
    4. Baha’u’llah (founder of the Baha’i faith)
  9. The earliest known written version of the Golden rule (from Egypt) is similar to that found in The Rise of Silas Lapham (see chapter#4) in that both:
    1. Seem focused on receiving help
    2. Are based upon family ties
    3. Are associated with religious beliefs
    4. All of the above are correct
  10. Using the Golden Rule as an ethical guideline has some limitations because it:
    1. Doesn’t provide specific standards
    2. Is found in only a few societies
    3. Is a new, almost untried idea
    4. Is very old and, therefore, out of date
  11. Golden Rule thinking is least likely to work if the people involved:
    1. Have never heard of the saying
    2. See the world through other people’s eyes
    3. Consider themselves to be enemies of others
    4. Belong to different age groups–such as parents and their children
  12. Your Golden Rule actions can most easily be misunderstood by:
    1. “In-group” people
    2. People who think you want something in return
    3. One’s friends and family
    4. New people moving into one’s community
  13. Which of the following statements is most clearly shaped by the Golden Rule? A parent who says to a child:
    1. “How would you feel if a person did that to you?”
    2. “Stop that. It could become a bad habit.”
    3. “Shame on you!”
    4. “You’ll be punished if you do that again.”
  14. In the modern era, how far can the concepts of “my in-group” or “we/our” extend? To:
    1. Friends and family who are personally known.
    2. Friends, family and members of one’s religious group.
    3. All of the above plus the citizens of the country in which a person lives.
    4. None of the above are correct. One can feel identified with people anywhere in the world.
  15. The Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in 1948:
    1. Reduces the effectiveness of the Golden Rule by taking power from nations whose people are trying to live by it.
    2. Goes beyond the Golden Rule and thus makes it obsolete.
    3. Broadens the focus of the Golden rule by emphasizing human rights, gender equality, racial equality, etc.
    4. Is unrelated to the Golden Rule since it does not concern actual people.


Answers: 1-b, 2-d, 3-c, 4-d, 5-d, 6-c, 7-c, 8-b, 9-a, 10-a, 11-c, 12-b, 13-a, 14-d, 15-c.

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