Here are the questions, my responses, the correct answers, and the percentage of the population that had gotten the question correct:
|Question||Your Response||Correct Answer||% of survey respondents answering correctly|
|1. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with leading the exodus from Egypt?||Moses||Moses||72%|
|2. What was Mother Teresa's religion?||Catholic||Catholic||82|
|3. Which of the following is NOT one of the Ten Commandments?||Do unto others as you would have them do unto you||Do unto others as you would have them do unto you||55|
|4. When does the Jewish Sabbath begin?||Saturday||Friday||45|
|5. Is Ramadan…?||The Islamic holy month||The Islamic holy month||52|
|6. Which of the following best describes the Catholic teaching about the bread and wine used for Communion?||The bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.||The bread and wine actually become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.||40|
|7. In which religion are Vishnu and Shiva central figures?||Hinduism||Hinduism||38|
|8. Which Bible figure is most closely associated with remaining obedient to God despite suffering?||Job||Job||39|
|9. What was Joseph Smith's religion?||Mormon||Mormon||51|
|10. According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to lead a class in prayer, or not?||No, not permitted||No, not permitted||89|
|11. According to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, is a public school teacher permitted to read from the Bible as an example of literature, or not?||Yes, permitted||Yes, permitted||23|
|12. What religion do most people in Pakistan consider themselves?||Muslim||Muslim||68|
|13. What was the name of the person whose writings and actions inspired the Protestant Reformation?||Martin Luther||Martin Luther||46|
|14. Which of these religions aims at nirvana, the state of being free from suffering?||Buddhism||Buddhism||36|
|15. Which one of these preachers participated in the period of religious activity known as the First Great Awakening?||Jonathan Edwards||Jonathan Edwards||11|
Here was how I compared:
I was pretty satisfied with my score and was really surprised to see the percentage of people who got certain questions wrong that I thought was common knowledge. I had always thought the Jewish Sabbath was on Saturday, but according to Wikipedia it is from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday (maybe I should get a half-point for my answer).
Here are some more stats:
Here are two questions that I found of particular interest - the numbers on the right show how I compare to other religions (White Evangelical Protestant, White Mainline Protestent, Black Protestant, White Catholic, Hispanic Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, Atheist/Agnostic, and Nothing in particular).
I find these results interesting because of comments you see from conservative Christian Americans, much like the ones you see on Andrew Breitbart's bevy of Big sites, who constantly fear that the Obama administration is trying to remove God from the classroom. The bible is permitted in our public schools for educational purposes but just so long as the contents in their religious context are not being taught to our nation's school children.
I think it is important for Americans to become acquainted with all religions and not just their own, but more importantly, I believe they should remember the founding principles of this nation and not the revisionist history propagated by the far right.
Check how you score here.