6th Grade Social Studies Trivia

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6th Grade Social Studies Trivia - Quiz

This test correlates with the 6th Grade Ohio Standards in Social Studies. The questions are centered around the 5 major world religions (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism).


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is a polytheistic religion that developed in ancient India?

    • A.

      Buddhism

    • B.

      Hinduism

    • C.

      Islam

    • D.

      Judaism

    Correct Answer
    B. Hinduism
    Explanation
    Hinduism is a polytheistic religion that developed in ancient India. It is characterized by a belief in multiple gods and goddesses, known as deities, who are worshipped in various forms. Hinduism encompasses a wide range of beliefs and practices, including rituals, meditation, and the pursuit of spiritual enlightenment. It originated in the Indus Valley civilization and has since evolved over thousands of years, becoming one of the world's oldest religions. Hinduism is deeply rooted in Indian culture and continues to be practiced by millions of people worldwide.

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  • 2. 

    The Veda is written in what language?

    • A.

      Arabic

    • B.

      Hebrew

    • C.

      Sanskrit

    Correct Answer
    C. Sanskrit
    Explanation
    The Veda is written in Sanskrit, which is an ancient Indian language. Sanskrit is considered to be the language of the gods in Hinduism and is the oldest attested Indo-Aryan language. The Veda is a collection of ancient scriptures and hymns that form the foundation of Hindu religious and philosophical traditions. It is written in a poetic and rhythmic style and is highly revered in Hinduism.

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  • 3. 

    Who was the founder of Buddhism?

    • A.

      Abraham

    • B.

      The Buddha

    • C.

      Jesus and his disciples

    • D.

      Muhammad

    • E.

      No founder; a combination of beliefs

    Correct Answer
    B. The Buddha
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Buddha. The founder of Buddhism was Siddhartha Gautama, who later became known as the Buddha. He was born in Nepal in the 6th century BCE and after years of spiritual seeking, he attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. The Buddha then spent the rest of his life teaching his insights and principles, which became the foundation of Buddhism. He is highly revered as the central figure and founder of the religion.

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  • 4. 

    Samsara is seeking comfort, guidance and security in the Buddha, dharma and sangha.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that Samsara is seeking comfort, guidance, and security in the Buddha, dharma, and sangha. However, the correct answer is False. This means that Samsara is not seeking these things in the Buddha, dharma, and sangha. The explanation for this could be that Samsara may be seeking comfort, guidance, and security from other sources or may not be seeking them at all.

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  • 5. 

    Which two religions developed from Judaism?

    • A.

      Buddhism and Hinduism

    • B.

      Buddhism and Christianity

    • C.

      Christianity and Islam

    • D.

      Hinduism and Islam

    Correct Answer
    C. Christianity and Islam
    Explanation
    Christianity and Islam developed from Judaism because both religions trace their origins back to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and consider Abraham as a key figure. Christianity emerged as a sect within Judaism and later developed into a separate religion with the belief in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. Islam also recognizes the prophets of Judaism, including Moses and Abraham, and views Muhammad as the final prophet. Both religions share certain theological and ethical principles with Judaism while also incorporating their own distinct beliefs and practices.

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  • 6. 

    Buddhism is considered a philosophy rather than a religion.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Buddhism is often considered a philosophy rather than a religion because it focuses on the teachings and practices of Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) rather than a belief in a deity. Buddhism emphasizes personal spiritual development and the understanding of suffering and its causes. It does not require faith in a higher power or the adherence to specific rituals or worship practices. Therefore, it is seen as a philosophy that offers a way of life and a path to enlightenment rather than a traditional religious system.

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  • 7. 

    Which branch of Judaism strictly observes all dietary laws?

    • A.

      Conservative

    • B.

      Orthodox

    • C.

      Reconstructionist

    • D.

      Reform

    Correct Answer
    B. Orthodox
    Explanation
    Orthodox Judaism strictly observes all dietary laws. This branch of Judaism adheres to the traditional interpretation and practices of Jewish law, including the laws of kashrut (dietary laws). Orthodox Jews follow a strict set of dietary restrictions, such as not consuming certain types of meat, avoiding mixing dairy and meat products, and only eating food that has been prepared and certified as kosher. This commitment to upholding the dietary laws is a fundamental aspect of Orthodox Jewish practice and distinguishes it from other branches of Judaism.

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  • 8. 

    A place of worship for Jewish people is called a...

    • A.

      Church.

    • B.

      Mosque.

    • C.

      Synagogue or temple.

    Correct Answer
    C. Synagogue or temple.
    Explanation
    A place of worship for Jewish people is called a synagogue or temple. Synagogue is a term commonly used to refer to a Jewish place of worship, while temple is also used in some contexts. Both terms are correct and interchangeable. Church refers to a place of worship for Christians, and mosque is a place of worship for Muslims.

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  • 9. 

    Judaism is the first monotheistic religion which was founded by Abraham and whose followers are called Jews.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Judaism is indeed the first monotheistic religion, as it was founded by Abraham and its followers are known as Jews. This religion emerged thousands of years ago and has had a significant impact on the development of other monotheistic religions such as Christianity and Islam. The belief in one God is a central tenet of Judaism, distinguishing it from polytheistic religions that existed prior to its establishment. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 10. 

    Christianity was founded in...

    • A.

      India.

    • B.

      Israel.

    • C.

      Saudi Arabia.

    Correct Answer
    B. Israel.
    Explanation
    Christianity was founded in Israel. This is because Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity, was born, lived, and carried out his teachings in the region that is now modern-day Israel. The events described in the New Testament of the Bible, including Jesus' birth, crucifixion, and resurrection, all took place in Israel. The early followers of Jesus, known as the apostles, also spread the teachings of Christianity from Israel to other parts of the world. Therefore, Israel is considered the birthplace of Christianity.

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  • 11. 

    Islam is a polytheistic religion that teaches about Muhammad as a prophet.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This statement is incorrect. Islam is actually a monotheistic religion that believes in the concept of Tawhid, which is the belief in the oneness of God. Muslims believe that there is only one God, Allah, and that Muhammad is the last and final prophet sent by God. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 12. 

    What is a follower of Islam called?

    • A.

      Buddhist

    • B.

      Christian

    • C.

      Hindu

    • D.

      Jew

    • E.

      Muslim

    Correct Answer
    E. Muslim
    Explanation
    A follower of Islam is called a Muslim. Islam is a monotheistic religion founded in the 7th century by Prophet Muhammad. Muslims believe in the teachings of the Quran and follow the Five Pillars of Islam, which include faith, prayer, fasting, charity, and pilgrimage to Mecca. The term "Muslim" comes from the Arabic word "salam," meaning peace, and reflects the importance of peace, submission to God, and the unity of the Muslim community.

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  • 13. 

    What is the holy book of Muslims called that contains God's actual words?

    • A.

      Bible

    • B.

      Koran/Qur'an

    • C.

      Torah

    • D.

      Veda

    Correct Answer
    B. Koran/Qur'an
    Explanation
    The holy book of Muslims is called the Koran/Qur'an. It is believed to contain the actual words of God, as revealed to the Prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. The Koran/Qur'an serves as the central religious text of Islam and provides guidance on various aspects of life, including morality, spirituality, and social issues. It is considered the ultimate authority in Islamic faith and practice.

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  • 14. 

    Muslims pray facing the holy city, Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Muslims pray facing the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia because it is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the location of the Kaaba, which is considered the most sacred site in Islam. The act of facing Mecca during prayer, known as qibla, symbolizes unity and a collective focus on the central point of worship. It is a way for Muslims worldwide to connect spiritually and demonstrate their devotion to Allah. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 15. 

    All Hindus believe in... (Select 4 choices from below.)

    • A.

      The caste system.

    • B.

      Dharma.

    • C.

      The eightfold path.

    • D.

      The 4 noble truths.

    • E.

      Karma.

    • F.

      Reincarnation.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. The caste system.
    B. Dharma.
    E. Karma.
    F. Reincarnation.
    Explanation
    The correct answer choices, the caste system, dharma, karma, and reincarnation, are all beliefs that are commonly associated with Hinduism. The caste system is a social hierarchy that categorizes individuals based on their birth and determines their societal roles and privileges. Dharma refers to an individual's moral and ethical duties and responsibilities. Karma is the belief in the consequences of one's actions, which can affect their future lives. Reincarnation is the belief in the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth of the soul. These concepts are fundamental to Hindu religious and cultural practices.

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  • 16. 

    Which two religions developed in India?

    • A.

      Buddhism and Hinduism

    • B.

      Buddhism and Judaism

    • C.

      Hinduism and Islam

    Correct Answer
    A. Buddhism and Hinduism
    Explanation
    Buddhism and Hinduism developed in India. Buddhism originated in India in the 6th century BCE with the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, also known as the Buddha. It spread widely across the country and had a significant influence on Indian culture and philosophy. Hinduism, on the other hand, is one of the oldest religions in the world and has its roots in ancient Indian civilization. It encompasses a wide range of beliefs and practices and is deeply ingrained in Indian society. Both Buddhism and Hinduism have played integral roles in shaping the religious and cultural landscape of India.

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  • 17. 

    Which Hindu god is in the picture above?

    • A.

      Brahma

    • B.

      Shiva

    • C.

      Vishnu

    Correct Answer
    B. Shiva
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Shiva. Shiva is one of the principal deities in Hinduism and is known as the destroyer and transformer. He is often depicted with a third eye, a crescent moon on his head, and a trident in his hand. The picture above likely shows an image of Shiva based on these characteristics. Brahma is the creator god, while Vishnu is the preserver god in Hinduism.

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  • 18. 

    What does this image represent?

    • A.

      3 Refuges/Jewels

    • B.

      4 Noble Truths

    • C.

      Eightfold Path

    Correct Answer
    C. Eightfold Path
    Explanation
    The image represents the Eightfold Path, which is one of the core teachings of Buddhism. It consists of eight interconnected principles that guide individuals towards achieving enlightenment and liberation from suffering. The Eightfold Path includes Right View, Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, and Right Concentration. This path emphasizes the importance of ethical conduct, mental discipline, and wisdom in leading a wholesome and fulfilling life.

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  • 19. 

    The images in the picture above represent which religion?

    • A.

      Buddhism

    • B.

      Christianity

    • C.

      Hinduism

    • D.

      Islam

    • E.

      Judaism

    Correct Answer
    B. Christianity
    Explanation
    The images in the picture above represent Christianity. Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The images commonly associated with Christianity include the cross, which represents the crucifixion of Jesus, and the dove, which symbolizes the Holy Spirit. These images are often used to represent various aspects of Christian faith and beliefs.

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  • 20. 

    All Muslims believe... (Select 3 answers.)

    • A.

      In Allah.

    • B.

      In the 5 Pillars.

    • C.

      Jesus is the Son of God and the Messiah.

    • D.

      Muhammad is one of God's prophets.

    • E.

      In reincarnation.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. In Allah.
    B. In the 5 Pillars.
    D. Muhammad is one of God's prophets.
    Explanation
    Muslims believe in Allah as the one true God, in the 5 Pillars of Islam which are the core principles of the faith, and that Muhammad is one of God's prophets. This belief in Allah, the 5 Pillars, and the prophethood of Muhammad are fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith and are universally accepted by all Muslims. The belief in Jesus as the Son of God and the Messiah is not a part of Islamic theology, and the concept of reincarnation is not a belief held by Muslims.

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