My buddy over at Think Atheist posted a link to a quiz on religion from the U.S. Religious Knowledge Survey. It’s pretty fun to test your knowledge and see how you measure up against the rest of America. Jews and Atheists/Agnostics scored the highest. Interestingly the questions vary from legal to comparative religion; you’d have to be very familiar with lots of different cultures, literary history and Supreme Court laws on religion to get them all.
The following are my results, which I’m pretty proud of, and the percentage of people who answered the questions correctly.
You answered 15 out of 15 questions correctly for a score of 100%.
|QUESTION||YOUR RESPONSE||CORRECT ANSWER||% OF SURVEY RESPONDENTS ANSWERING CORRECTLY|
|1. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with leading the exodus from Egypt?||Moses||Moses||72%|
|2. What was Mother Teresa’s religion?||Catholic||Catholic||82|
|3. Which of the following is NOT one of the Ten Commandments?||Do unto others as you would have them do unto you||Do unto others as you would have them do unto you||55|
|4. When does the Jewish Sabbath begin?||Friday||Friday||45|
|5. Is Ramadan…?||The Islamic holy month||The Islamic holy month||52|
|6. Which of the following best describes the Catholic teaching about the bread and wine used for Communion?||The bread and wine actuallybecome the body and blood of Jesus Christ.||The bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.||40|
|7. In which religion are Vishnu and Shiva central figures?||Hinduism||Hinduism||38|
|8. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with remaining obedient to God despite suffering?||Job||Job||39|
|9. What was Joseph Smith’s religion?||Mormon||Mormon||51|
|10. According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to lead a class in prayer, or not?||No, not permitted||No, not permitted||89|
|11. 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||Yes, permitted||23|
|12. What religion do most people in Pakistan consider themselves?||Muslim||Muslim||68|
|13. What was the name of the person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation?||Martin Luther||Martin Luther||46|
|14. Which of these religions aims at nirvana, the state of being free from suffering?||Buddhism||Buddhism||36|
|15. Which one of these preachers participated in the period of religious activity known as the First Great Awakening?||Jonathan Edwards||Jonathan Edwards||11|