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Cultural Literacy Test - Myth and Religion II

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1. In the Bible, what is the significance of the god Baal?
He is denounced as a false god.
He takes over the kingdom of heaven.
He represents greed and love of money.
He causes a great flood.
2. Our word narcissism derives from a myth about
a young woman who cared more for objects than for love
a man who fell in love with his own reflection
a couple torn apart by Zeus and Aphrodite
the goddess of spring
3. What was the Holy Grail?
the shroud covering the dead Christ
a sliver of the true cross
the staff carried by Jesus as he traveled to Jerusalem
a mythic talisman sought by the knights of the Round Table
4. The Garden of Eden represents
a state of innocence
the path to righteousness
life after death
the uninterrupted dream
5. In the story of Cain and Abel, Cain
was slain by Abel, who denied the deed
killed his brother out of jealousy
was the only son of Adam and Eve
sacrified Abel to the Lord out of piety
6. What was the title given to Siddhartha Gautama?
7. Martin Luther is known for
working with the civil rights movement
founding the Church of England
leading the Protestant Reformation
ruling the Holy Roman Empire
8. What do these names have in common: Elohim, Allah, Brahma?
They are all names of prophets.
They are all names for God.
They are all found in the Bible.
They are all found in the Koran.
9. The Ten Commandments given to Moses by God include
laws forbidding murder and theft
freedom of speech
prophecies about the coming of Christ
descriptions of the apocalypse
10. In Greek and Roman mythology, Phoebus Apollo was
the god of music and of light
the ruler of the underworld
the brother of Zeus (Jupiter)
the motherless god of wisdom
11. The phrase Immaculate Conception refers to
the belief that Jesus was the son of God
the concept that true believers can be saved
the idea that Mary was free from Original Sin
a movement of mystics and alchemists in the 1700s
12. According to Islam, Muhammad was
the last of the prophets, following Abraham, Moses, and Jesus
the one true god, whom all Muslims must obey without question
the eighth incarnation of the great god Vishnu
the author of the Tao-to-ching
13. What was the kingdom of the god Poseidon?
the heavens
the land of the dead
the ocean
none of the above
14. Sodom and Gomorrah were
wicked people
Hindu gods
15. Eros was the god of
athletic ability
16. What do these names have in common: Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Ruth?
They are all names of prophets.
They are all apostles of Christ.
They are books of the Old Testament.
They are characters in the New Testament.
17. The phrase Achilles' heel refers to
the fulfillment of a prophecy despite a person's will
a traitorous act against a former friend or leader
the tendency to follow a leader blindly into battle
a point of vulnerability on an otherwise strong person
18. When Pandora's box was opened,
the first woman was created
the Muses were set free
evil was released into the world
the winds and clouds flew out
19. What is the goal of Hinduism?
divine assistance
freedom from rebirth and suffering
spiritual ecstasy
worldwide recognition of the power of prayer
20. What is Ramadan?
the festival of lights In Jewish tradition
a manifestation of the Great Spirit of the Sioux
the largest Mayan temple, dedicated to Kulkulcan
the ninth month of the Muslim year
21. Daedalus designed
the Minotaur and the Gorgons
the Parthenon
a labyrinth and a method of flight
the palace of the gods
22. The story of David and Goliath represents
the triumph of the slave over his oppressor
the power of the righteous against all odds
the discovery of an honorable man
the loss of innocence and the building of an empire
23. Because of her beauty, Helen of Troy
was stolen from her husband and precipitated a war
displeased the goddess Athena and was condemned to die
became the symbol of unrequited love
was adored by Lancelot and caused the fall of a kingdom
24. The story of the prodigal son is a parable about
a child who shows remarkable talent in music
the unforgiving nature of man and God
predictions made by a soothsayer about a young prince
a repentant sinner's return to his father's house
25. The adventures of Theseus included
a war against the Amazons
the killing of the Minotaur
removing a sword from under a stone
all of the above
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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