Pew Religious Knowledge Quiz

Here are the final set of religious questions, and their answers, from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The first 17 questions and answers are also listed below.

Part 3.

Q18. Link the appropriate faith (Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, Mormon, Hindu) to these individuals:
a) Mothera Teresa
b) The Dalai Lama
c) Joseph Smith
d) Maimonides

Q19. Which religion ( Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian) is most dominant in the following countries:
a) India
b) Indonesia
c) Pakistan

Q20. Name the individual whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation?
a) Martin Luther;
b) Thomas Aquinas;
c) John Wesley.

Q21. Which of these people developed the theory of evolution by natural selection?
a) Clarence Darrow;
b) Charles Darwin;
c) Sigmund Freud.

Q22. And which of these court trials focused on whether evolution could be taught in public schools?
a) Brown versus Board of Education;
b) The Salem witch trials;
c) The Scopes trial;

Q23. Which one of these preachers participated in the period of religious activity known as the First Great Awakening?
a) Charles Finney;
b) Jonathan Edwards;
c) Billy Graham.

Q24. According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher in the United States permitted to:
a) Lead a class in prayer?
b) Read from the Bible as an example of literature?
c) Offer a class comparing the world’s religions?


18 a. Mother Theresa was Catholic

18 b. The Dalai Lama is Buddhist.

18 c. Joseph Smith was Mormon.

18 d. Maimonides was Jewish.

19 a. Hindu

19 b. Muslim

19 c. Muslim

20 a. Martin Luther

21 b. Charles Darwin

22 c. The Scopes trial.

23 b. Jonathan Edwards.

24 a. No; b. Yes; c. Yes.

Here is the original posting:

A recent survey conducted in the United States by the Pew Research Centre found that atheists and agnostics out-scored Jews, Muslims, Catholics, and mainline and evangelical Protestants on a quiz of religious knowledge.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found on average Americans correctly answer 16 out  the 32 religious knowledge questions on the survey. In comparison, atheists and agnostics average 20.9 correct answers; Jews and Mormons scored about the same, averaging 20.5 and 20.3 correct answers, respectively;  Protestants as a whole average 16 correct answers; and, Catholics scored 14.7 correct answers.

We thought it would be fun to pose these questions to our congregation and we’re going to do that about every two weeks, posting a few questions from the Pew survey in the right-hand column of our web page. The answers will be found under the Media button, in the Pew Religious Knowledge Quiz page. This week we’ll deal with the first eight religious questions.

Have fun!

Here are the questions and answers to the first 17 questions to the quiz from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

Q 1. When does the Jewish Sabbath begin?

Q 2. What is Ramadan?

Q 3. Who is the king of gods in ancient Greek mythology?

Q 4. What is the name of the holy book of Islam?

Q 5. Which religion aims at nirvana, the state of being free from suffering?

Q 6. In which religion are Vishnu and Shiva central figures.

Q 7. An aethist is someone who ….

Q 8. An agnostic is someone who ….

Q. 9 What is the first book of the Bible?

Q. 10 What are the names of the first four books of the New Testament? Hint: The four gospels.

Q. 11 Where, according to the Bible, was Jesus born?

To make it easier, the Pew Forum tossed in some multiple choice questions!

Q. 12 When was the Mormon religion founded:

a – Before the year 1200 AD.

b – Between 1200 and 1800.

c – Sometime after 1800.

Q. 13 The Book of Mormon tells the story of Jesus Christ appearing to people in what area of the world?

a – The Americas.

b – Middle East.

c – Asia.

Q. 14 Which of the following best describe Catholic teaching about the bread and wine used for communion?

a -The bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ, or;

b -The bread and wine are symbols of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Q. 15 Which religious groups traditionally teach that salvation comes through faith alone?

a – Only Protestants.

b – Only Catholics.

c – Both Protestants and Catholics.

d – Neither Protestants and Catholics.

Q. 16 Which of the following is NOT one of the Ten Commandments?

a – Do not commit adultery.

b – Do unto others as you would have them do onto you.

c – Do not steal.

d – Keep the Sabbath holy.

Q. 17 Link the following Biblical figures (Job, Elijah, Moses, Abraham) to the events described :

a – Leading the exodus from Egypt (oh, this is too easy!)

b – Remaining obedient to God despite suffering.

c – Willing to sacrifice his son for God.


1. Friday

2. The Islamic holy month.

3. Zeus.

4. The Koran.

5. Buddhism.

6. Hinduism.

7. Someone who does not believe in God.

8. Someone who is unsure whether God exists.

9. Genesis

10. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

11. Bethlehem

12.  C- Sometime after 1800

13.  A – The Americas

14.  A- The bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ

15.  A – Only Protestants

16.  B – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you

17. a Moses

17. b Job

17. c Abraham

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