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WEST History: Buddhism - Chapter Summary
These lessons review the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha in order to prepare you for questions in the corresponding section of the WEST History test. The lessons cover the following material:
- The life of Buddha and birth of Buddhism
- The Eightfold Path and Four Noble Truths
- The Middle Way
- Buddhism's Triple Gem
Our brief, enjoyable video lessons, transcripts and self-assessment quizzes help you reinforce your memory of the material. Our subject-matter experts are available to answer questions too, should you need them, and our Timeline feature enables you to review effectively without replaying an entire lesson, thus maximizing the use of your time.
WEST History: Buddhism Chapter Objectives
The WEST History exam tests your understanding of world and United States history from its earliest beginnings to the present day. Its purpose is to evaluate your knowledge as part of the prerequisites for teacher certification or a history teaching endorsement in Washington State. The topics in this chapter on Buddhism may be found within the world history domain area of the test, which constitutes about 36% of the overall test.
There are 110 questions on the WEST History test. The exam is computer based and the questions are in a multiple-choice format. You must read a short paragraph and then select the response that best answers the question from the choices shown.
1. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism
This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.
2. Nirvana: Enlightenment and Buddhist Salvation
This lesson will seek to explain the Buddhist concept of Nirvana. In doing so, it will also highlight the Buddhist belief in the concepts of an arhat and a bodhisattva.
3. The Four Noble Truths & the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment
This lesson will explain the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism. In doing so, it will explain the origins of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight the Buddhist belief of the Eightfold Path.
4. Buddhism: The Middle Way to Enlightenment
This lesson will explore the term 'Middle Way' as an alternate name for Buddhism. In doing so, it will highlight Siddhartha Gautama as the founder of Buddhism, while also detailing his belief in the Eightfold Path.
5. The Triple Gem of Buddhism: The Buddha, The Dharma & The Sangha
This lesson will seek to explain the Buddhist belief in the Triple Gem. Explaining the concepts of the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, it will also highlight the Four Noble Truths.
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