Can You Describe An Elephant?

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Can You Describe An Elephant? - Quiz

The story of the blind men and an elephant is a very popular tale about blind men who are asked to touch and describe an elephant. Each gives account of an elephant based on the part touched. The story is usually used to drive home explanations on perspectives.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How many blind men are there in the Jain version?
    • A. 

      Six

    • B. 

      Seven

    • C. 

      Five

    • D. 

      Four

  • 2. 
    Which part of the elephant does one touch to describe the elephant as a pillar?
    • A. 

      The trunk

    • B. 

      The leg

    • C. 

      The tail

    • D. 

      The side

  • 3. 
    How does the one who touches the tail describe the elephant?
    • A. 

      Like a straw

    • B. 

      Like a pillar

    • C. 

      Like a rope

    • D. 

      Like a wall

  • 4. 
    Who describes the elephant as a tree branch?
    • A. 

      The one who touches the tail

    • B. 

      The one who touches the leg

    • C. 

      The one who touches the side

    • D. 

      The one who touches the trunk

  • 5. 
    Who describes the elephant as a hand fan?
    • A. 

      The one who feels the ear

    • B. 

      The one who feels the tail

    • C. 

      The one who feels the leg

    • D. 

      The one who feels the trunk

  • 6. 
    Which part does the individual touch to describe the elephant as a wall?
    • A. 

      The leg

    • B. 

      The belly

    • C. 

      The tail

    • D. 

      The ear

  • 7. 
    Who describes the elephant as a solid pipe?
    • A. 

      The one who touches the leg

    • B. 

      The one who touches the side

    • C. 

      The one who touches the tusk

    • D. 

      The one who touches the trunk

  • 8. 
    How many times does the Buddha use the simile of blind men led astray?
    • A. 

      Once

    • B. 

      Never

    • C. 

      Three times

    • D. 

      Twice

  • 9. 
    Who explains the puzzling discovery of the blind men to them in the Jain version?
    • A. 

      A passerby

    • B. 

      A cripple

    • C. 

      A child

    • D. 

      The king

  • 10. 
    Where does the Buddha use the elephant parable to describe sectarian quarrels?
    • A. 

      The Sutras

    • B. 

      The Udana

    • C. 

      Budhavacana

    • D. 

      Vinaya Pitaka

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