Test Your Religious Literacy

For an event that we are having on campus this week, I created a religious literacy quiz.  I borrowed some questions from Stephen Prothero’s quiz and the IFYC’s interfaith quiz.  So, if you have time and are interested.  All the answers could be googled. Or if you get stuck tweet at me (@tdshoemaker). Let me know how you gauge the difficulty of this:


The Four Noble Truths are associated with which religion?
a.  Buddhism    b. Hinduism    c.  Judaism      d.  Islam        e.  Christianity

In which religious tradition do devotees participate in Ramadan?
a.  Buddhism    b. Hinduism    c.  Judaism      d.  Islam        e.  Christianity

Which of the following is sacred text of Hinduism?
a.  Book of Moroni      b.  Rig Veda       c.  Zabur        d.  Revelation

Which religion constitutes the majority religion in the United States?
a. Buddhism    b. Hinduism    c.  Judaism      d.  Islam        e.  Christianity

About what percentage of people identify as Jewish in the United States?
a. <5%             b.  5%             c.  10%            d.  15%             e.  20%

George Bush spoke in his first inaugural of the Jericho Road. What Bible story was he invoking?
a. Sodom & Gomorrah                     b.  Saul’s Conversion
b. The Good Samaritan                  d.  the Transfiguration

What is the second largest religious identification in the United States?
a.  Buddhism  b. Hinduism  c.  Judaism  d.  Islam   e.  No Religious Affiliation

Match the religious figures with their associated religious tradition:
Muhammed                              Christianity
Rami                                    Buddhism
Jesus                              WKU Philosophy & Religion Dept.
Abraham                                    Hinduism
Eric Bain-Selbo                              Islam
Siddhārtha Gautama                        Judaism

Match the religious tradition with the quote scripture:
Traditions: Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism
“I am a stranger to no one, and no one is stranger to me, indeed, I am a friend to all.”
“What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor.  This is the whole Torah: all the rest is commentary.”                                                            
“Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find harmful.”                                                
“Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.”                                                           
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you. For this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”                                               
“This is the sum of duty: do not do unto others what would cause pain to you.”                                                            

Bonus: The First Amendment says two things about religion, each in its own “clause.” What are the two clauses of the First Amendment?


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