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Religion General Knowledge #2

Answer these questions about various world religions, past and present.
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First submittedMay 5, 2013
Last updatedSeptember 12, 2018
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What is the first book in the Bible?
Genesis
Who is the most important prophet in Islam?
Muhammad
What mountain was the home of the Greek gods?
Mount Olympus
Who was the Greek god of the underworld?
Hades
Who started the Protestant Reformation?
Martin Luther
What is the Jewish name for the first five books of the Bible?
Torah
What are the two main branches of Islam?
Sunni
Shia
Besides India, what other country is predominately Hindu?
Nepal
Who was the first supreme head of the Church of England?
Henry VIII
What are members of the church of Latter-Day Saints better known as?
Mormons
What modern witchcraft religion was invented by Gerald Gardner?
Wicca
What is Hinduism's holiest river?
Ganges
In what ancient country did Zoroastrianism originate?
Persia
What is the name of the largest church in the Vatican?
St. Peter's Basilica
What religion is based on the teachings of Laozi?
Daoism
What group of people elects the new pope?
College of Cardinals
What was the Greek name of the Roman goddess Venus?
Aphrodite
What Jamaican religious tradition was practiced by Bob Marley?
Rastafari
What Norse god was the ruler of Asgard?
Odin
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level 53
Jul 5, 2013
Well there's the thing I've learnt today- that Thor wasn't the ruler of Asgard
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level 14
Jul 8, 2013
lol
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level 71
Sep 26, 2018
Spoiler alert: It was Loki posing as Odin the whole time.
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level 49
Jul 5, 2013
"Besides India, what other country is predominately Hindu?" Mauritius is also a candidate as around half its population profess to be hindus. Not as high as India and Nepal, but still a potential answer to this question.
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level 69
Dec 21, 2015
Hindus also make up the largest religious group in Guyana, surprisingly, but they don't make up the majority of the population. Nepal is obviously the answer though.
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level 57
Oct 26, 2018
I'm not really sure what you meant when you said that Hinduism is the largest religion in Guyana, but according to statistics there Christianity makes up 66% of population, and Hinduism makes up 24,9%. And I think Mauritius should be taken as an answer.
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level 52
Oct 26, 2018
Less than half the population is Hindu in Mauritius.
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level 41
Jul 5, 2013
surprised more people didn't know the Bob Marley question
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level 41
Dec 21, 2015
my mind blanked on it. :P
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level 61
Jul 6, 2013
12 - not bad for an atheist huh? :P
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level 77
Dec 21, 2015
That's actually pretty terrible, and being an atheist is no excuse as statistically speaking they tend to know a lot more about religion than the religious do. Especially when it comes to general knowledge like this about many different religions.
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level 56
Dec 21, 2015
where is the like button?
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level 75
Dec 21, 2015
Yep, I know a lot about lots of different religions, arguably more than the average religious person. That being said, if I took an in dept quiz about a particular religion, a devout follower would undoubtebly score better. So yeah... I would think many people would score high on this quiz...
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level 76
Dec 21, 2015
What is your source for those statistics, Kalba? I am a Christian and easily scored 100 percent, but it seems to me that belonging to any particular religion or having no religion has nothing to do with the things one chooses to learn.
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level 77
Dec 22, 2015
Google would be a start. Here's a link
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level 76
Oct 26, 2018
I read the article. It didn't prove your statement. The survey was 32 questions. Atheists/agnostics barely outscored Jews and Mormons who had the next highest scores, followed by evangelical Protestants. (The scores were 20.9, 20.5, 20.3, and 17.6 in order.) Atheists and agnostics were grouped together due to small numbers of atheists in the sample. How is that a comparison of religious vs. nonreligious? Nowhere in the article did it indicate that atheists/agnostics know "a lot more" about religion than the religious. They barely outscored any single religious group, and even after adding all of the religious together, including the less educated and those who listed themselves as "nothing in particular", their score was 20.9 vs. 16.3, but they oversampled the group you are using to prove your point. They didn't have enough atheist respondents to give them their own grouping. Other religious group such as Muslims without enough respondents were lumped into the total. IMO, junk data.
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level 71
Oct 27, 2018
ander217, you do know that the Pew Research Center is not some fly-by-night organization and their work is just a miiiiiite more legit than, say, a web survey on the Fox News site, right? So unless you're speaking with the authority of hundreds of years of post-graduate work in data collection and statistical analysis, Pew's demonstration that their results are statistically valid probably outweigh your dislike of them.
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level 77
Oct 29, 2018
It's not the only poll like this that has been done. There is lots of other data out there. Atheists always score right at the top of religious knowledge polls. Mormons and Jews tend to score better about their respective religions than atheists do, but they score less well on general religious knowledge, and atheists consistently score better than any other religious group. You are quibbling over the use of the term "a lot" when you concede that atheists and agnostics (wishy washy atheists) scored on average 21 vs the average of 16 for everyone else? That's a very substantial difference- on a quiz with 21 questions that would be the difference between an A+ and a D- and I feel like the use of "a lot" is wholly justified.
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level 54
Oct 30, 2018
20/20 in 1.33 minutes remaining and I too am an atheist :)
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level 84
Apr 25, 2014
On the Zoroastrianism question perhaps consider allowing Iran, the modern name for Persia.
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level 60
Nov 21, 2014
Yes I put Iran as well and missed that one
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level 51
Jun 6, 2015
It said specifically what ANCIENT country.
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level ∞
Sep 3, 2015
Iran will work now
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level 36
Feb 10, 2015
Damnation, I could not remember Rastafari....I was using a Jamaican accent, pretending to smoke a spliff, trying to sing reggae and nothing made me remember. My dog is through with me. Scared him to death--he could not figure out what I wanted. I am going to have to study Vikings--I never know any of that stuff ever. They never taught any religions back when I was in school unless you went out of your way in college..not even much mythology. I have learned Zoroastrianism, Janism and Hinduism (and Catholocism for that matter) from TV, then looking them up. And have known Buddhists and Jewish people. But never met a Viking or an ancient Greek.
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level 67
Dec 21, 2015
Not many people have!
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level 77
Dec 21, 2015
You should also accept Woden and Wotan for Odin, amongst other spellings.
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level ∞
Dec 21, 2015
Okay
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level 71
Oct 27, 2018
I thought the word "Norse" narrows it down as those are the Old German / Old English names
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level 70
Dec 21, 2015
As a complete atheist am pleased to have answered them all correctly. This is more General Knowledge than any great religious test. :)
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level 71
Sep 26, 2018
Well, I'm a Buddhist (and thus also an atheist by definition) and got 100%, but come on… not even ONE piddly little question about Buddhism? Poo.
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level 53
Apr 22, 2018
Being from Utah, I am surprised, I forgot Mormon but got Wicca correct. that was thoe only one I missed
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level 67
Oct 26, 2018
Just for accuracy's sake, you should change the clue to "What are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints better known as?" since that is their official name not the "church of Latter-Day Saints".
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level 39
Oct 26, 2018
I agree it should be changed.
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level 71
Oct 27, 2018
I had to down-rate it for the same reason. Okay, that and the fact that out of the "Big Five", there were no questions about Buddhism! (Yep, a salty Buddhist, ha ha!)
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level 51
Oct 26, 2018
I am Catholic and attended Catholic school from Kindergarten to 12th grade and I missed college of Cardinals. I've never heard that exact term before.
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level 56
Oct 26, 2018
maby accept: "papal conclave "
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level 71
Oct 27, 2018
A papal conclave is a *meeting* of the College of Cardinals, but the group of people themselves is the College of Cardinals. Therefore, the answer should not be changed or expanded.
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level 16
May 21, 2019
It should have excepted 'Oden' with an 'E' as an answer.