Ch 27: WEST History: Hinduism

About This Chapter

Use our video lessons and quizzes as preparation for answering questions about Hinduism found on the Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST) History exam. Knowledge about this religion is needed when taking the world history portion of the exam.

WEST History: Hinduism - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide a brief but thorough overview of the origins and major aspects of the Indian religion known as Hinduism. You will have the opportunity to learn about key figures, gods and Hindu doctrine. Once you have completed review of these lessons, you should be comfortable in demonstrating the following on the WEST History exam:

  • Explaining the evolution of Hinduism as a religion
  • Detailing the life of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi
  • Identifying the four texts of the Hindu scriptures
  • Describing periods of change in Hinduism
  • Listing and explaining the Hindu gods
  • Understanding the four goals and four stages of Hindu life

The videos explain these concepts in simple language and use illustrations to support the narrative text, making learning this material fun and engaging. Take the accompanying quizzes as often as needed to help you fully master the material.

WEST History: Hinduism - Chapter Objectives

The WEST History exam is used to determine your knowledge of U.S. and world history in addition to concepts in social studies. For the world history portion, you will need to know about aspects of civilization developments, economics, politics, and religion. The Hinduism chapter will prepare you to answer questions in the test's second domain covering ancient civilizations and their origins, cultures and beliefs. This domain constitutes 36% of the entire exam. The WEST History exam is computer-administered and requires the completion of 110 multiple-choice questions.

WEST exams are certification exams for new and existing teachers in Washington to measure their understanding of basic and specific subject areas. The Basic exam covers fundamental concepts in reading, writing and math, while nearly 30 endorsement exams are given in such areas as biology, dance, music, health, world languages and visual art. Endorsements can be added to new or existing teaching certificates. A passing score of 240 is required for endorsement exams.

7 Lessons in Chapter 27: WEST History: Hinduism
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The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

1. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.

Mohandas Gandhi and the British Invasion

2. Mohandas Gandhi and the British Invasion

This lesson will explore the life of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi. It will explain his role in India's independence while also highlighting the concepts of satyagraha and brahmacharya.

The Vedas: Hinduism's Sacred Texts

3. The Vedas: Hinduism's Sacred Texts

This lesson will explore the ancient Hindu texts known collectively as the Vedas. It will stress the importance of the Rig-Veda, while also explaining the roles of the three lesser Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas.

The Vedic and Upanishadic Periods: Description, Influences & Texts

4. The Vedic and Upanishadic Periods: Description, Influences & Texts

This lesson will define the Vedic and Upanishadic periods of Hinduism. In doing so, it will discuss the Harappa culture, the melding with Aryan culture, the sacred Vedas and the birth of the concept of Karma.

Hindu Deity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva

5. Hindu Deity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva

This lesson will explore the Hindu system of belief in reference to its deities. It will explain the concept of Brahman, while also explaining the attributes of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

6. The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

This lesson will seek to explain the four permissible goals of Hindu life. In doing so, it will define the ancient concepts of kama, artha, dharma and moksha.

Hinduism: The Four Stages of Life

7. Hinduism: The Four Stages of Life

This lesson will define and explore the four stages of Hindu life. In doing so, it will highlight the stages of the Student, the Householder, the Hermit, and the Sannyasin.

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