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General Religious Knowledge Test

45 Questions
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Based on the religion test by the Pew Research Center poll on religious knowledge.

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who is the current Vice President of the United States?
    • A. 

      Albert “Al” Gore Jr.

    • B. 

      Spiro T. Agnew

    • C. 

      Joseph “Joe” Biden

    • D. 

      Dan Quayle

  • 2. 
    Based on the 2010 election results, that will take effect when Congress convenes in January 2011. What political party will gain at least 60 seats in the House of Representatives?
    • A. 

      Libertarian

    • B. 

      Republican

    • C. 

      Green Party

    • D. 

      Democrat

  • 3. 
    True or false: Lasers work by focusing sound waves.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    True or false: antibiotics will kill viruses as well as bacteria.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    What is the name of the series of government programs passed while Franklin D. Roosevelt was President?
    • A. 

      The New Deal

    • B. 

      The Great Society

    • C. 

      Emancipation Proclamation

    • D. 

      Five-year plans

  • 6. 
    Which movement did Susan B. Anthony lead?
    • A. 

      Abolitionist Movement

    • B. 

      Women’s suffrage

    • C. 

      Organized Labor

    • D. 

      Temperance Movement

  • 7. 
    Who wrote the novel “Moby Dick?”
    • A. 

      Stephen Crane

    • B. 

      Lewis Carroll

    • C. 

      Harriet Beecher Stowe

    • D. 

      Herman Melville

  • 8. 
    When does the Jewish Sabbath begin (day/time)?
    • A. 

      Friday noon

    • B. 

      Wednesday midnight

    • C. 

      Friday evening

    • D. 

      Monday morning

  • 9. 
    What is Ramadan?
    • A. 

      The day of reflection in Sikhism

    • B. 

      The Christian celebration of the risen Christ

    • C. 

      The Islamic month of fasting

    • D. 

      The Hindu festival of the night of Shiva

  • 10. 
    The scientific finding that humans and other living things have incrementally changed form over time is called what?
    • A. 

      Omphalos hypothesis

    • B. 

      Abiogenesis

    • C. 

      Evolution

    • D. 

      Photosynthesis

  • 11. 
    What is the name of the holy book of Islam?
    • A. 

      The Koran

    • B. 

      The Vedic texts

    • C. 

      The Dhammapada

    • D. 

      The Talmud

  • 12. 
    Belief that humans and living things have existed in their present form from the beginning of time and that the age of the Earth is less than 10,000 years?
    • A. 

      Darwinism

    • B. 

      Irreducible Complexity

    • C. 

      Cosmology

    • D. 

      Young Earth Creationism

  • 13. 
    What is the name of the king of gods in ancient Greek mythology?
    • A. 

      Zeus

    • B. 

      Mars

    • C. 

      Apollo

    • D. 

      Xenu

  • 14. 
    In which religion are Vishnu and Shiva central figures?
    • A. 

      Christianity

    • B. 

      Scientology

    • C. 

      Judaism

    • D. 

      Hinduism

  • 15. 
    What is the definition of the word theist?
    • A. 

      Lack of belief in the existence of god, gods and the supernatural

    • B. 

      Belief in the existence of a god, gods and the supernatural

    • C. 

      Unsure of the existence of the supernatural

    • D. 

      Convinced of the knowledge in the existence of the supernatural

  • 16. 
    What is the definition of the word atheist?
    • A. 

      Lack of belief in the existence of god, gods and the supernatural

    • B. 

      Belief in the existence of a god, gods and the supernatural

    • C. 

      Unsure of the existence of the supernatural

    • D. 

      Convinced of the knowledge in the existence of the supernatural

  • 17. 
    What is the definition of the word agnostic?
    • A. 

      Lack of belief in the existence of god, gods and the supernatural

    • B. 

      Belief in the existence of a god, gods and the supernatural

    • C. 

      Unsure of the existence of the supernatural

    • D. 

      Convinced of the knowledge in the existence of the supernatural

  • 18. 
    What is the definition of the word gnostic?
    • A. 

      Lack of belief in the existence of god, gods and the supernatural

    • B. 

      Belief in the existence of a god, gods and the supernatural

    • C. 

      Unsure of the existence of the supernatural

    • D. 

      Convinced of the knowledge in the existence of the supernatural

  • 19. 
    What religion aims at nirvana, the state of being free from suffering?
    • A. 

      Sikhism

    • B. 

      Buddhism

    • C. 

      Shinto

    • D. 

      Hinduism

  • 20. 
    The "Way of the Kami (sacred power)" is reference to what religion, philosophical path or study in Japan?
    • A. 

      Sikhism

    • B. 

      Buddhism

    • C. 

      Shinto

    • D. 

      Hinduism

  • 21. 
    What is the first book of the Bible?
    • A. 

      Genesis

    • B. 

      Psalms

    • C. 

      Ecclesiastes

    • D. 

      Proverbs

  • 22. 
    Can you identify the names of the first four books of the New Testament of the Bible, called the Gospels?
    • A. 

      Thomas

    • B. 

      Matthew

    • C. 

      Acts

    • D. 

      Luke

    • E. 

      Revelation

    • F. 

      Mark

    • G. 

      Paul

    • H. 

      John

  • 23. 
    Where, according to the Bible, was Jesus born?
    • A. 

      Jerusalem

    • B. 

      Golgotha

    • C. 

      Bethlehem

    • D. 

      Nazareth

  • 24. 
    Who’s wife, according to the Bible, was turned into a pillar of salt?
    • A. 

      Lot’s wife

    • B. 

      Moses’ wife

    • C. 

      Abraham’s wife

    • D. 

      Jacob’s wife

  • 25. 
    When and where was the Mormon religion founded?
    • A. 

      Northumbria, 627

    • B. 

      New York, 1820’s

    • C. 

      Bavaria, 1266

    • D. 

      Paris, 1534

  • 26. 
    The Book of Mormon tells the story of Jesus Christ appearing to people in what area of the world?
    • A. 

      Patriarchal age Israel

    • B. 

      Indigenous Americas

    • C. 

      Ptolemaic Egypt

    • D. 

      Babylonian Empire

  • 27. 
    Describe Catholic teaching about the bread and wine used for communion?
    • A. 

      Bread and wine have the spiritual presence of the Christ

    • B. 

      Bread and wine contain the Christ in and under the forms of bread and wine

    • C. 

      Bread and wine become the actual body and blood of the Christ

    • D. 

      Bread and wine substitutes or symbolize the sacrifice of the Christ

  • 28. 
    What religious groups traditionally teach that salvation by Christ comes through faith alone?
    • A. 

      Catholics

    • B. 

      Buddhism

    • C. 

      Taoist

    • D. 

      Protestants

  • 29. 
    Can you identify from the list what is not part of the Ten Commandments?
    • A. 

      Do onto others as you would have them do unto you

    • B. 

      You shall have no other gods before me

    • C. 

      Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy

    • D. 

      Do not take the name of the Lord in vain

  • 30. 
    Which Bible figure is most closely associated with remaining obedient to God despite suffering?
    • A. 

      Elijah

    • B. 

      Saul

    • C. 

      Job

    • D. 

      Malachi

  • 31. 
    What religion contains the teachings of Maimonides?
    • A. 

      Islam

    • B. 

      Judaism

    • C. 

      Bahá'í

    • D. 

      Zoroastrianism

  • 32. 
    What is the best description of what the U.S. Constitution says about religion?
    • A. 

      Christianity is given special emphasis by the government

    • B. 

      The Constitution does not say anything one way or the other about religion

    • C. 

      The government must protect and support religion

    • D. 

      The government can not establish a religion nor interfere with the practice of religion

  • 33. 
    According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to lead a class in prayer?
    • A. 

      Yes, permitted

    • B. 

      No, not permitted

    • C. 

      With the correct license

  • 34. 
    According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to read from the Bible as an example of literature?
    • A. 

      Yes, permitted

    • B. 

      No, not permitted

    • C. 

      With the correct license

  • 35. 
    According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to offer a class comparing the world’s religions?
    • A. 

      Yes, permitted

    • B. 

      No, not permitted

    • C. 

      With the correct license

  • 36. 
    What religion do the majority of people in Pakistan consider themselves?
    • A. 

      Buddhist

    • B. 

      Hindu

    • C. 

      Muslim

    • D. 

      Christian

  • 37. 
    Do you happen to know what religion the majority of people in India consider themselves?
    • A. 

      Buddhist

    • B. 

      Hindu

    • C. 

      Muslim

    • D. 

      Jaina

  • 38. 
    Do you happen to know what religion the majority of people in Indonesia consider themselves?
    • A. 

      Buddhist

    • B. 

      Taoist

    • C. 

      Muslim

    • D. 

      Jaina

  • 39. 
    What was the name of the person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation?
    • A. 

      Martin Luther

    • B. 

      John Calvin

    • C. 

      Jonathan Edwards

    • D. 

      John Wesley

  • 40. 
    Who is credited with the development of the theory of evolution by natural selection?
    • A. 

      Jean-Baptiste Lamarck

    • B. 

      William Paley

    • C. 

      Gregor Mendel

    • D. 

      Charles Darwin

  • 41. 
    What famous court trial focused on whether evolution could be taught in public schools?
    • A. 

      Chambers v. The State of Florida

    • B. 

      United States v. Ballard

    • C. 

      The State of Tennessee v. Scopes

    • D. 

      Martin v. Struthers

  • 42. 
    What preacher participated in the period of religious activity known as the First Great Awakening?
    • A. 

      James Bakker

    • B. 

      Jonathan Edwards

    • C. 

      Oral Roberts

    • D. 

      John Wesley

  • 43. 
    Can you name the messianic religious and political movement that began in the country of Jamaica?
    • A. 

      Peoples Temple Full Gospel Church

    • B. 

      Jah Rastafari

    • C. 

      Zion’s Watch Tower Society

    • D. 

      Falun Gong

  • 44. 
    Who is the religious figure from northeastern India known as The Enlightened One?
    • A. 

      Śabara Svāmin

    • B. 

      Bhagwan Rishabhdeva

    • C. 

      Gautama Buddha

    • D. 

      Guru Nanak Dev

  • 45. 
    Founded in fifteenth century Punjab, what religion is closely associated with leaders called Gurus?
    • A. 

      Zoroastrianism

    • B. 

      Sikhism

    • C. 

      Judaism

    • D. 

      Taoism