Pew Forum Questionnaire

The following questions from the Pew Forum Religious Knowledge Questionnaire. If you score better than 50%, consider yourself more literate than the average American. Enter your name if you think you can score in the top 10. Go for it!
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1: When does the Jewish Sabbath begin?
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
2: Is Ramadan...?
The Hindu festival of lights
A Jewish day of atonement
The Islamic holy month
3: Do you happen to know which of these is the king of gods in ancient Greek mythology?
Zeus
Mars
Apollo
4: Do you happen to know the name of the holy book of Islam?
Bhagavad Gita
Torah
Koran
Nag Hammadi
5: Which of these religions aims at nirvana, the state of being free from suffering?
Islam
Buddhism
Hinduism
6: In which religion are Vishnu and Shiva central figures?
Islam
Hinduism
Taoism
7: Is an atheist someone who believes in God, someone who does NOT believe in God, or someone who is unsure whether God exists?
Someone who believes in God
Someone who does NOT believe in God
Someone who is unsure whether God exists
8: Is an agnostic someone who believes in God, someone who does NOT believe in God, or someone who is unsure whether God exists?
Someone who believes in God
Someone who does NOT believe in God
Someone who is unsure whether God exists
9: What is the first book of the Bible?
Deuteronomy
Numbers
Leviticus
Exodus
Genesis
10: Will you tell me the names of the first four books of the New Testament of the Bible, that is the Four Gospels?
Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, and Daniel
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Peter, Paul, Acts, and Romans
Jude, Joshua, Jonah, and Jeremiah
11: Where, according to the Bible, was Jesus born?
Bethlehem
Jericho
Jerusalem
Nazareth
12: When was the Mormon religion founded?
Before the year 1200 A.D.
Between 1200 and 1800 A.D.
Sometime after 1800 A.D.
13: The Book of Mormon tells the story of Jesus Christ appearing to people in what area of the world?
The Americas
Middle East
Asia
14: Which of the following best describes Catholic teaching about the bread and wine used for communion?
The bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ
The bread and wine are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ
15: Which of these religious groups traditionally teaches that salvation comes through faith alone?
Only Protestants
Only Catholics
Both (Protestants) and (Catholics)
Neither (Protestants) nor (Catholics)
16: Please tell me which of the following is NOT one of the Ten Commandments
Do not commit adultery
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Do not steal
Keep the Sabbath holy
17: Which Bible figure is most closely associated with remaining obedient to God despite suffering?
Job
Elijah
Moses
Abraham
18: Which Bible figure is most closely associated with leading the exodus from Egypt?
Job
Elijah
Moses
Abraham
19: Which Bible figure is most closely associated with willingness to sacrifice his son for God?
Job
Elijah
Moses
Abraham
20: Would you tell me if Mother Teresa was...?
Catholic
Jewish
Buddhist
Mormon
Hindu
21: Would you tell me if the Dalai Lama is...?
Catholic
Jewish
Buddhist
Mormon
Hindu
22: Would you tell me if Joseph Smith was...?
Catholic
Jewish
Buddhist
Mormon
Hindu
23: Would you tell me if Maimonides was...?
Catholic
Jewish
Buddhist
Mormon
Hindu
24: Which of the following statements best describes what the U.S. Constitution says about religion?
Christianity should be given special emphasis by the government
The government shall neither establish a religion nor interfere with the practice of religion
The Constitution does not say anything one way or the other about religion
25: According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to lead a class in prayer, or not?
Yes, permitted
No, not permitted
26: 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, or not?
Yes, permitted
No, not permitted
27: According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to offer a class comparing the worldís religions, or not?
Yes, permitted
No, not permitted
28: Do you happen to know what religion most people in India consider themselves?
Buddhist
Hindu
Muslim
Christian
29: Do you happen to know what religion most people in Indonesia consider themselves?
Buddhist
Hindu
Muslim
Christian
30: Do you happen to know what religion most people in Pakistan consider themselves?
Buddhist
Hindu
Muslim
Christian
31: What was the name of the person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation?
Martin Luther
Thomas Aquinas
John Wesley
32: Which of these people developed the theory of evolution by natural selection?
Clarence Darrow
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
33: And which of these court trials focused on whether evolution could be taught in public schools?
The Scopes trial
The Salem witch trials
Brown versus Board of Education
34: Which one of these preachers participated in the period of religious activity known as the First Great Awakening?
Jonathan Edwards
Charles Finney
Billy Graham

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