Quiz: How Well Do You Know Religion?

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"Praying Hands," a 60-foot tall bronze statue at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. (mulmatsherm/Flickr)
"Praying Hands," a 60-foot tall bronze statue at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. (mulmatsherm/Flickr)

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently asked Americans basic questions about Christianity, the Bible and World Religion and most of the people in the study flunked. The group that scored the highest? Atheists!

According to the Pew Forum, Americans averaged only 16 correct answers out of 32 questions. Atheists and agnostics averaged 20.9 correct answers — the highest score of any group tested.

How well would you have done in the poll? You can take a sample quiz below to find out. (Answers at bottom)

Question #1:

Which Bible figure is most closely associated with leading the exodus from Egypt?

  • Job
  • Elijah
  • Moses
  • Abraham

Question #2:

Which of the following is NOT one of the Ten Commandments?

  • Do not commit adultery
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
  • Do not steal
  • Keep the Sabbath holy

Question #3:

Which Bible figure is most closely associated with remaining obedient to God despite suffering?

  • Job
  • Elijah
  • Moses
  • Abraham

Question #4:

According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to lead a class in prayer, or not?

  • Yes, permitted
  • No, not permitted

Question #5:

What religion do most people in Pakistan consider themselves?

  • Buddhist
  • Hindu
  • Muslim
  • Christian

Answers: 1-Moses, 2-Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, 3-Job, 4-No, not permitted, 5-Muslim

This program aired on September 30, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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