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Cultural Literacy Test - Myth and Religion I

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1. What is Original Sin?
the first sin that a person commits in his or her life
any sin resulting from disobedience of the Ten Commandments
sin resulting from Adam's and Eve's eating of the forbidden fruit
any one of the Seven Deadly Sins
2. What is Mecca?
the holy city of Islam
a directional point on the compass to which religious believers bow when praying
the Egyptian goddess of the River Nile
the Buddhist heaven
3. Isis, Re, and Osiris are all
Hindu prophets
Mayan gods
Scandinavian warrior-gods
Egyptian gods
4. Who was John the Baptist?
the author of the Gospel according to St. John
the man who baptized Christ
one of the twelve apostles of Christ
all of the above
5. Mount Olympus and Asgard are
locations of temples to Apollo
sites of religious pilgrimages
legendary homes of the gods
two of the great pyramids
6. Why was Job considered to be so patient?
He withstood Satan's testing and kept his faith in God.
He followed Christ despite the mockery of his family.
He waited for Moses when Moses went to speak with God.
He did not protest when God refused to accept his sacrifice.
7. What Is the Koran?
the ark in which the Jewish holy book is kept
the church built over Christ's tomb in Jerusalem
the name for Moses' Ten Commandments
the holy book of Islam
8. Aphrodite (Venus) was the goddess of
erotic love and marriage
the hunt and wild animals
the hearth
9. Methodist, Presbyterian, and Unitarian are names of
the Gospels
Protestant sects
levels in the Catholic hierarchy
Anglican sects
10. What was Charon's job?
He held the world on his shoulders.
He had to find and bring back the Golden Fleece.
He was responsible for answering the Sphinx's riddle.
He ferried the dead across the River Styx to Elysium.
11. The story of Noah involves
the journey out of slavery in Egypt to Israel
the denial of Christ before his crucifixion
an ark built to escape a flood inflicted by God
a wrestling match with an angel
12. Who was Thor?
the Roman god of healing
the Greek god of eloquence and good fortune
the Norse god of thunder
the war god of the Assyrians
13. What Is the Torah?
a valley near Jerusalem where the dead are buried
the first five books of the Old Testament
a feast that celebrates the harvest season
the candle that burns between Easter and Ascension Day
14. Athena (Minerva) was the goddess of
war, wisdom, and crafts
the waters and the rainbow
the harvest
fertility and wine
15. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were
saints of the Middle Ages who were killed by Muslims
the first kings in the Middle East to convert to Christianity
evangelists who wrote gospels on Jesus' life
apostles who followed Jesus
16. For what is Lazarus known?
writing the book of the Apocalypse
being raised from the dead by Jesus
returning home as the prodigal son
aiding a man who was robbed by thieves
17. What is a phoenix?
a bird that rises from its own ashes
a bird that feeds on elephant calves and possesses a huge egg
a sea monster that makes dangerous whirlpools when surfacing
a monster that is part lion, part goat, and part serpent
18. What was the result of the building of the Tower of Babel?
God flooded the earth for forty days and nights.
God demanded that Abraham sacrifice his son.
God appeared as a burning bush to express his anger.
God confounded the speech of men so that they could not understand each other.
19. A Dionysian celebration, or Bacchanalia, is
a solemn feast during which a goat is slaughtered to worship the gods
a dance at which young virgins are picked as wives by warriors
a revel in which wine and sex are the foremost entertainments
a religious rite honoring Dionysus in which candles, signifying eternal life, are burned
20. The Good Samaritan was
the man who gave Jesus wine as he hung on the cross
a man who helped the victim of a brutal robbery
another name for John, who comforted Mary after the Crucifixion
a man who gave away all of his riches to follow Jesus
21. In Greek and Roman mythology, the supreme god was known as
Hades or Pluto
Mars or Ares
Zeus or Jupiter
22. On Yom Kippur, worshippers
celebrate the freeing of Jews from slavery in Egypt
commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the Assyrians
celebrate the new year
fast to atone for their sins
23. In the Book of Revelation, Armageddon is
the place where the last battle between good and evil will take place
the horseman of the Apocalypse representing Death
another name for the Antichrist
the mountain on which Jesus stood when Satan tempted him
24. The nine goddesses of the arts were called
the Graces
the Harpies
the Muses
the Sirens
25. What did the thirty pieces of silver buy?
Jesus' robe as he hung on the cross
Judas's betrayal of Christ
the food for the Last Supper
Joseph's freedom from Potiphar
Excellent. You are on your way to true cultural literacy.
Good. You have more than a passing knowledge of this subject.
Fair. You have a competent grasp of many aspects of this subject.
Poor. You could use some improvement in this area.
Below 60%
Time for literacy training.
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