The World's Religions Test | Final Test - Easy

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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the major contribution to religion of the Israelite people?
(a) Neotheism
(b) Agnosticism
(c) Polytheism
(d) Monotheism

2. How does primal polytheism differ from that of the Greeks and Romans?
(a) The Greek and Roman gods were not as capricious as the primal dieties.
(b) The primal gods are not assigned specific tasks they accomplish.
(c) The primal gods are not given any kind of shape or form.
(d) The deistic position to ancestors, animals, and objects, does not rule out the primal idea of the Supreme Being.

3. How do Muslims justify Islam's history of aggressiveness?
(a) That is was needed only at the beginning of the religion
(b) That it never happened at all
(c) That it was no different from other major religions.
(d) That it was misrepresented by European historians

4. Who was the person from whom Christianity originated?
(a) Jesus, a high priest of the Jews
(b) Jesus, a Jewish tax collector
(c) Jesus, a Jewish fisherman
(d) Jesus, a Jewish carpenter

5. Simply put, what is the Protestant Principle?
(a) An emphasis on mission work
(b) A creed to memorize
(c) A warning against idolatry
(d) A special construction of church buildings

6. Why is there no word for "art" in tribal American Indian languages?
(a) Because they believe art will capture souls
(b) Because no one has time for art
(c) Because to them everything is art
(d) Because they do not have art

7. What is the only power that can face down the fear, distrust, prejudice, and suspicion of man?
(a) Diplomacy
(b) Love
(c) Nuclear weapons
(d) Totalitarianism

8. What is the function exclusive to the shaman in primal religion?
(a) To teach the youth about tribal traditions
(b) To deal only with evil spirits
(c) To make symbols for the tribe to see but not understand
(d) To bypass symbolism and go directly to the spiritual source

9. How is the length of Jesus' ministry best described?
(a) It lasted four decades before he was crucified.
(b) It was cut short by his resurrection
(c) It was short and then he was crucified.
(d) It lasted thirty years and then he was crucified.

10. How does the aboriginal see the figures of antiquity?
(a) As special creatures put here by God to fashion the world
(b) As primatives who had to learn everything the hard way
(c) As gods who made the world
(d) As geniuses that fashioned everything so perfectly in the ordinary world

11. What knowledge does religion offer that pure science does not?
(a) How humans will continue to develop
(b) The evolutionary changes in man
(c) A picture of the human self and its inestimable worth
(d) A picture of humanity as a growing population

12. What is the hope of the Jewish people?
(a) The messianic hope
(b) The emancipation hope
(c) The monetary hope
(d) The external hope

13. What was the scratched drawing that came to identify Christians with the Good News?
(a) The star of David
(b) The ankh
(c) The sign of the fish
(d) The eye of God

14. At what point did Jesus' followers begin to accept him as God in human form?
(a) When he healed a blind man
(b) When there was a massive earthquake
(c) The first time they heard him speak
(d) Some time after his death

15. What happened to Islam after the death of Muhammad?
(a) It became the accepted religion of Europe.
(b) It became purely political and lost its religious implications.
(c) It nearly died out until the Crusades.
(d) It spread all over the world in an area more vast than the Roman Empire.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was evident in the bearers of the Good News?

2. How do Jewish people view their traditions?

3. What are the three main tenets of Christianity?

4. How have Taoism and Confucianism affected the Chinese culture?

5. What is the main difference between Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy?

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