Religious Literacy Quiz Answers

Which one of these is the five pillars of Islam?

All three of the possible answers are observed by many Muslims, but only ‘making compulsory donations to the needy’ (Zakah) is one of the five pillars of Islam.

How many different denominations are there of Christianity?

This may surprise you, but worldwide there are over 20,000.

Which of the following is regarded as sacred by Hindus?

The Vedas is regarded as sacred by Hindus.

Which Jewish festival is being celebrated in this painting by Leonardo Da Vinci?

Whilst the painting is commonly known as The Last Supper it actually depicts the celebration of the Jewish festival of Passover.

If you are preparing a buffet for party involving Muslim friends, which food would you avoid serving?

The answer is spicy pork pizza. Muslims do not generally eat pork as it is regarded as haram (forbidden by Islamic law).

For which of the following religions is Bodh Gaya a place of pilgrimage?

This is the place where it is said Siddhartha Gautama was enlightened and became known as ‘The Buddha’. This place is therefore a place of pilgrimage in Buddhism.

Which religions might use the Psalms of David/Dawud in worship?

Often just known as ‘The Psalms’ these are used in Islam, Judaism and Christianity

Which of the traditions below accept the principle of the ‘Golden Rule’: “Treat others as you wish to be treated”

This is a common principle in many religions and worldviews. It is therefore the answer with all the main religions and worldviews listed.

How might a Humanist describe their worldview?

A Humanist worldview is a non-religious one based on reason, empathy and shared humanity.


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