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Religion General Knowledge #2

Can you answer these questions about various world religions, past and present?
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Question
Answer
What is the first book in the Bible?
Genesis
Who is the most important prophet in Islam?
Muhammad
What mountain was the home of the Greek gods?
Mount Olympus
Who was the Greek god of the underworld?
Hades
Who started the Protestant Reformation?
Martin Luther
What is the Jewish name for the first five books of the Bible?
Torah
What are the two main branches of Islam?
Sunni
Shia
Besides India, what other country is predominately Hindu?
Nepal
Who was the first supreme head of the Church of England?
Henry VIII
What are members of the church of Latter-Day Saints better known as?
Mormons
What modern witchcraft religion was invented by Gerald Gardner?
Wicca
What is Hinduism's holiest river?
Ganges
In what ancient country did Zoroastrianism originate?
Persia
What is the name of the largest church in the Vatican?
St. Peter's Basilica
What religion is based on the teachings of Laozi?
Daoism
What group of people elects the new pope?
College of Cardinals
What was the Greek name of the Roman goddess Venus?
Aphrodite
What Jamaican religious tradition was practiced by Bob Marley?
Rastafari
What Norse god was the ruler of Asgard?
Odin
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Level 59
Jul 5, 2013
Well there's the thing I've learnt today- that Thor wasn't the ruler of Asgard
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Level 12
Jul 8, 2013
lol
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Level 70
Sep 26, 2018
Spoiler alert: It was Loki posing as Odin the whole time.
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Level 61
Jul 5, 2013
"Besides India, what other country is predominately Hindu?"

Mauritius is also a candidate as around half its population profess to be hindus. Not as high as India and Nepal, but still a potential answer to this question.

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Level 73
Dec 21, 2015
Hindus also make up the largest religious group in Guyana, surprisingly, but they don't make up the majority of the population.

Nepal is obviously the answer though.

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Level 62
Oct 26, 2018
I'm not really sure what you meant when you said that Hinduism is the largest religion in Guyana, but according to statistics there Christianity makes up 66% of population, and Hinduism makes up 24,9%. And I think Mauritius should be taken as an answer.
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2021
I think they were splitting up all the sects of Christianity. No one church in Guyana has more membership than Hinduism, although according to Wikipedia Pentecostalism comes very close. But yeah, Christianity as a whole is definitely more popular than Hinduism.
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Level 67
Apr 25, 2021
I read this too quickly, and thought it said "No church has more membership than Hinduism, although Wikipedia Pentacostalism comes close." I know some pub trivia members who more or less treat Wikipedia as a religious text.
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Level 61
Oct 26, 2018
Less than half the population is Hindu in Mauritius.
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2021
Yes. Predominant implies 50% at the bare minimum.
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Level 53
Jul 5, 2013
surprised more people didn't know the Bob Marley question
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Level 44
Dec 21, 2015
my mind blanked on it. :P
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Level 63
Jul 6, 2013
12 - not bad for an atheist huh? :P
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Level 67
Oct 30, 2018
20/20 in 1.33 minutes remaining and I too am an atheist :)
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Level 77
Nov 10, 2019
I would say 12/20 is pretty good for a commoner/layman. I got 15.
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Level 81
Feb 7, 2020
Atheists, vegans, and crossfitters....
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Level 67
Mar 12, 2021
You have astral projected me into Seattle
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Level 67
Apr 25, 2021
Atheists, really? Even vegans and crossfitters aren't as obnoxious about that thing they care about than many many religious people are!
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Level 88
Apr 25, 2014
On the Zoroastrianism question perhaps consider allowing Iran, the modern name for Persia.
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Level 60
Nov 21, 2014
Yes I put Iran as well and missed that one
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Level 45
Jun 6, 2015
It said specifically what ANCIENT country.
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Level ∞
Sep 3, 2015
Iran will work now
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Level 36
Feb 10, 2015
Damnation, I could not remember Rastafari....I was using a Jamaican accent, pretending to smoke a spliff, trying to sing reggae and nothing made me remember. My dog is through with me. Scared him to death--he could not figure out what I wanted. I am going to have to study Vikings--I never know any of that stuff ever. They never taught any religions back when I was in school unless you went out of your way in college..not even much mythology. I have learned Zoroastrianism, Janism and Hinduism (and Catholocism for that matter) from TV, then looking them up. And have known Buddhists and Jewish people. But never met a Viking or an ancient Greek.
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Level 71
Dec 21, 2015
Not many people have!
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Level 84
Dec 21, 2015
You should also accept Woden and Wotan for Odin, amongst other spellings.
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Level ∞
Dec 21, 2015
Okay
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Level 78
Oct 27, 2018
I thought the word "Norse" narrows it down as those are the Old German / Old English names
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Level 73
Dec 21, 2015
As a complete atheist am pleased to have answered them all correctly. This is more General Knowledge than any great religious test. :)
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Level 70
Sep 26, 2018
Well, I'm a Buddhist (and thus also an atheist by definition) and got 100%, but come on… not even ONE piddly little question about Buddhism? Poo.
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Level 72
Jul 19, 2022
I've noticed that on these quizzes, they treat Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism as religions. I learned them as belief systems, as none of them worshipped a god.
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Level 66
Apr 22, 2018
Being from Utah, I am surprised, I forgot Mormon but got Wicca correct. that was thoe only one I missed
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Level 77
Oct 26, 2018
Just for accuracy's sake, you should change the clue to "What are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints better known as?" since that is their official name not the "church of Latter-Day Saints".
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Level 45
Oct 26, 2018
I agree it should be changed.
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Level 70
Oct 27, 2018
I had to down-rate it for the same reason. Okay, that and the fact that out of the "Big Five", there were no questions about Buddhism! (Yep, a salty Buddhist, ha ha!)
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2021
I notice that this seems to be a thing. So I looked it up.

From Wikipedia:

In August 2018, church president Russell M. Nelson asked members of the church and others to cease using the terms "LDS", "Mormon", and "Mormonism" to refer to the church, its membership, or its belief system, and instead to call the church by its full and official name.

I'm not really big on countries or organizations throwing their weight around in this way. It's a power move.

But if you insist, I have my own demand. You must hereby always refer to our site by its full and proper name: "The Glorious and Perfectly-Accurate Trivia Website JetPunk".

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Level 52
Apr 25, 2021
The Glorious and Perfectly-Accurate Trivia Website JetPunk is always having dumb debates about the Republic of Cyprus and whether or not the Republic of India borders the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
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Level 71
Apr 25, 2021
The Glorious and Perfectly-Accurate Trivia Website JetPunk, led by the All-Righteous Quizmaster under the Guidance of our Heaven-Appointed Sovereign Nursultan Nazarbayev, hereby mandates that Cyprus, Adam's Bridge, Kosovo, Kashmir, the Falkland Islands, Israel/Palestine, and all other disputed or controversial territories officially belong to the Republic of Kazakhstan. Hail Nur-Sultan!
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Level 89
Apr 27, 2021
@Quizmaster, I think you're missing the point. It's not that I object to being called a Latter-Day Saint, though as you mentioned there is an initiative to discourage that term. The objection is that the phrase "Church of Latter-Day Saints" is just... unwieldy. And not a thing, but mostly just awkward to say and read. I'd say either list the name of the church, or rephrase it to "What are Latter-Day Saints better known as?"
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Level 16
Oct 24, 2022
@Quizmaster

Your analogy appears disingenuous on two counts.

1) You label it as a "demand," suggesting by inference that the movement by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to refer to it by that name is also demanding. Instead, it was termed a request.

2) Your ‘demand’ is to refer to this website by a name that is neither the formal nor the official name of the site, emphasizing the absurdity of the demand. This seems meant to imply that the Church’s request is similarly absurd, when that request instead refers to use of an official and formal name that has been in use for 184 years and the name under which the entity has been legally incorporated for 171 years.

If you actually re-registered the website under the domain name "The Glorious and Perfectly-Accurate Trivia Website JetPunk" or at least put it on the masthead, and if people then refused to use it, then I suppose you could make your analogizing demand. But that's not the case.

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Level 16
Oct 24, 2022
@Quizmaster

It also seems strange to hold that countries or organizations throw weight around through self-identification. Eswatini, North Macedonia, and Czechia have recently done that. Meta and Alphabet Inc. have done that too. And to far less indignation from professional media or quiz-writers, even though they were even CHANGING names.

To the direct point, the issue here is that the name used here in the quiz purports to be the actual name in contrast to a nickname and is in that sense objectively wrong.

It would be like a quiz saying "The film 'Dr. Strangelove or how I learned to Love the Bomb' is better known by what short-form?" Or, "The Lao Democratic Republic is better known by what name?"

People can probably guess that the question refers to Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb., or the Lao People's Democratic Republic. But if the question is going to purport to give the actual name of something, why be willfully and objectively inaccurate?

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Level 58
Oct 26, 2018
maby accept: "papal conclave "
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Level 70
Oct 27, 2018
A papal conclave is a *meeting* of the College of Cardinals, but the group of people themselves is the College of Cardinals. Therefore, the answer should not be changed or expanded.
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Level 26
May 21, 2019
It should have excepted 'Oden' with an 'E' as an answer.
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Level 61
Jan 8, 2021
100% first time. I have spent the last hour or so doing other religious general knowledge quizzes so perhaps that explains why.
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Level 61
Apr 25, 2021
Surprisingly 20/20.
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Level 40
Apr 27, 2021
fun fact: freddie mercury grew up Zoroastrian!
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Level 67
Apr 29, 2021
Taoism is another spelling for Daoism, as the Chinese sound is a cross between an English D and T.
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Level 59
Jun 17, 2021
Ironically enough the word Hinduism/Hindus comes from Indus I believe, but it might just be sindhu which is Sanskrit for river and is therefore not referring to a particular river, I'm not totally sure