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Religion 101 Final Examination

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This is the final examination for the course. Anything below 60% will be treated as an F. The essay at the end is optional. Writing it will add an automatic 10% to you total grade based on the mutiple choice questions. Good Luck!

1.Which of the following is the most compelling evidence for the existence of an intelligent and loving Designer?

a.A Caribbean sunset
b.The screams of a baby seal as it is torn apart by a shark
c.The first time your perfect new baby smiles at you
d.The speed of the Ebola virus converting an African child's organs into liquid


2. A deeply devout Catholic couple has just returned from their fiftieth anniversary celebration, when suddenly the husband falls to the ground, clutching his chest. What is the most productive action for the wife to take?

a.Call 911
b.Put him in the car and race to the hospital herself
c.Administer CPR
d.Fall on her knees and pray to the Lord to spare his life


3.You are a product tester and frequently bring your work home. Yesterday, while dressed in a flame resistant suit (up to 3,000 degrees) and carrying the latest model fire extinguisher, you discover your neighbor's house is on fire. As the flames quickly spread, you stand and watch your neighbor's new baby burn to death. Which of the following best describes your behavior?

a.All-powerful
b.All-knowing
c.All-loving
d.Mysterious


4.One day while jogging in the park, you see a maniac with a butcher knife about to attack a six-year old girl. Which would be the most morally proper action to take?

a.Grab the nearest rock and beat off the attacker
b.Call the police on your cell phone
c.Yell "POLICE!" and run toward the attacker in a threatening manner
d.Calmly walk away, because God works in mysterious ways, and what appears "evil" to our finite human mind, may in fact be part of a vaster plan in God's infinite mind, so it's best not to interfere


5.You are the incarnated Son of the all-powerful and all-loving Creator of the universe. What would be a good way to demonstrate your compassion and power?

a.Cure cancer forever
b.Cause all the earth's deserts to bloom with food crops
c.Unite the world with a common language and an end to poverty
d.Conjure up a jug of wine and follow it up by walking on water


6.Since we can never "know" whether or not a God exists - it is fundamentally a matter of "faith" - it's best to be a believer since you have nothing to lose, but everything to lose if your disbelief is incorrect. Keeping in mind that the fate of your soul depends on the right choice, in which God should you place your belief? For extra credit, include a brief essay justifying your choice, along with the reasons why you reject the other three.

a.Zeus
b.Quetzalcoatl
c.Vishnu
d.The Holy Trinity

(*Note: Choice D assumes you were born around 400 A.D. or later, after the invention of the Trinity)


7.You are the Creator of the universe. Your chosen people are a tribe of nomadic herdsmen, presently in bondage on one of the millions of your planets. Their ruler is being quite obstinate. Keeping in mind that you possess not only infinite power but also infinite love, your best course of action would be to:

a.Cause the ruler to drop dead of a heart attack
b.Cause the ruler to fall off a cliff
c.Visit the ruler in a dream and persuade him to let your people go
d.Slaughter a great number of innocent babies who had nothing to do with the ruler's policies


8.You are a Starfleet Federation explorer in the process of cataloging two newly discovered planets. The majority of the inhabitants of each planet believe in a deity, but they are two different deities. Deity "X" is said to be not only all-powerful, all-loving, and all-knowing, but the designer of a marvelously complex and ordered world. Deity "Y" is said to be indifferent, absent, unconcerned with the affairs of his planet, and some even say evil. Which god rules over which planet?

Planet A: Has apparently achieved a state of advanced benign equilibrium in which there are no viruses or diseases, and only a very small number of natural disasters, which, when they do strike, always eliminate only the sinful and evil. The inhabitants, both plant and animal, have learned to maintain their existence through photosynthesis, and thus do not have to kill and eat each other in order to survive. There are no "birth defects;" every inhabitant comes into existence perfectly formed and equipped for a long and productive life.
Deity X_____
Deity Y_____

Planet B: Adorned with many examples of beauty and order, it is also constantly beset by hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanoes, lightning bolts, viruses, disfiguring diseases, parasites, leeches, flies, crop-destroying pests and many other phenomena which afflict both the innocent and the evil. Every life form on the planet can only sustain its existence through the destruction and consumption of other life forms. Some of the inhabitants are born with a crippling condition called a "birth defect", which condemns them to living extremely limited, short, or painful lives.
Deity X_____
Deity Y_____


9.What is the number of children born without arms or legs that have been miraculously restored by a visit to the shrine at Lourdes, France?

a.Too many to count
b.Over 1,000
c.Several dozen
d.Zero, but only because their faith was not strong enough


10.As we all know, there is only one true religion. What is the one true religion in each of the following circumstances?

a.You are born in Karnak in 3000 B.C.
b.You are born in Bombay in 300 B.C.
c.You are born in Baghdad in 900 A.D.
d.You are born in Mexico City in 1956 A.D.


11.Although you are new at golf, you have just hit a beautiful 200-yard drive and your ball has landed on a blade of grass near the cup at Hole 3. The green contains ten million blades of grass. The odds of your ball landing on that blade of grass are 10,000,000 to one against, too improbable to have happened by mere chance. What's the explanation?

a.The wind guided it
b.Your muscles guided it
c.There is no need for an explanation
d.You consciously designed your shot to land on that particular blade


12.Which of the following is most likely to be true, and why?

a.Romulus was the son of God, born to a mortal human virgin
b.Dionysus turned water into wine
c.Apollonius of Tyana raised a girl from the dead
d.Jesus Christ was the son of God, born to a mortal virgin, turned water into wine, and raised a man from the dead


13.Conceding that torture is permissible under certain conditions, which of the following would be the best justification?

a.Your prisoner is the only one who knows the date and time of an assassination attempt on the Pope
b.Your prisoner is the only one who knows where a nuclear device has been planted in Washington, D.C.
c.Your prisoner is the only one who knows where a vial of nerve gas has been placed in the London water supply system
d.Your prisoner has announced that the earth revolves around the sun


14.We know that Christianity is true because the Gospel writers, inspired by God who can make no error, recorded the founding events. For example, on the first Easter morning, the visitors to the tomb were greeted by which of the following:

a.A young man (Mark 16:5)
b.No, no, it was no man, it was an angel (Matthew 28:2-5)
c.You're both wrong, it was two men (Luke 24:4)
d.Damn it, there was nobody there (John 20:1-2)


15.According to inerrant Scripture, the Savior prayed alone in the garden while the three disciples who accompanied him had fallen asleep. How did the gospel writer know the words of that prayer?

a.Jesus left them written down under a rock
b.They were recorded on a primitive taping device
c.The gospel writer was psychic
d.The three disciples were later hypnotized and asked to recall the prayer


16.According to at least one sainted church father, one of the pleasures of the saved will be to behold the agony of the damned. What would be the best time of day in heaven for a mother to behold the agony of her only son?

a.Early in the morning before it gets too crowded
b.Mid-day when she can compare notes and share the celebration with other mothers
c.Late at night when she can enjoy the flames in starker contrast


17.In the Judeo-Christian tradition, we always look to the Bible as a guide. In this example, your teenage son has returned home from the prom intoxicated. The Bible's instruction is:

a.Sit him down for a heart to heart talk
b.Enroll him in AA
c.Take away his driving privilege for one month
d.Smash his head in with rocks


18.In this example, your son-in-law, returned from his honeymoon, has just told you he suspects your daughter was not a virgin on their wedding night. Wishing to abide by God's holy rules as laid out in the Bible, you should:

a.Ask him if he was a virgin before you do anything
b.Advise him to forgive her
c.Talk to your daughter
d.Go find those rocks


19.You are eating lunch at a crowded fast food restaurant, occupied mostly by children, when suddenly a gunman bursts in, screams "Do not question or test me," and sprays the room with bullets. Ten people are killed instantly, many more grievously wounded, but somehow you escape unharmed. His ammunition expended, the gunman collapses to the floor. What should you do?

a.Call the police and wait for them to arrive
b.Call the police and leave
c.Risk death by asking the gunman why he did it, even though he told you not to
d.Fall on your knees and give thanks and praise to the gunman for sparing your life


20.Why did God show his backside to Moses, as described in Holy Scripture, Ex.33:23?

a.He invented everything, and this was simply the first mooning
b.He was really ticked off when Moses dropped the tablets
c.He was piqued, having just discovered His almighty powers were useless against chariots of iron (Judges I:19)
d.Moses was too serious and needed to lighten up a little


21.Jesus was God, and God knows all things, including all the medical knowledge that will ever be known. Why did Jesus blame demons for the case of epilepsy he cured?

a.He was suffering from a temporary case of "brain freeze"
b.The Aramaic word for "demon" is the same as the word for "cranial malfunction"
c.Neurology was not his specialty
d.In first-century Palestine, demons really did cause epilepsy. This affliction only began to be caused by electrochemical brain activity after about 1850 A.D.


22.This morning's paper carries a story about a suburban father who became so enraged with his disobedient children that he carried them both to the backyard pool where he drowned them, along with their puppy, their kitten, and their hamster. How should this father be treated?

a.He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law
b.He should be banished from the town
c.He should be lynched to save the taxpayers' money
d.The townspeople should gather together to sing hymns of praise to him


23.This morning I started my day by insulting my mother in public, then punched out my father, my brother, and my sister. Then I gathered up all my clothes, sold them to a second-hand store, and with the proceeds bought a used Uzi and 50 rounds of ammunition. Next, I went down to the animal shelter and injected all the dogs with a drug that caused them to go insane and dive into the nearby canal where they all drowned. By this time I was hungry, so I went over to my neighbor's apple orchard and burned it down, because I wanted an orange and there weren't any. On the way home, I stopped at the local steel mill to discuss my philosophy of life with some of the guys. They laughed at me and said to stow it, so I tossed them all into the blast furnace. That night I discovered my son looking at a copy of Playboy. Concerned for his future welfare, I cut off his right hand. What historical character did my activities today most resemble?

a.Genghis Khan
b.Charles Manson
c.Adolph Hitler
d.Jesus Christ


24.Down through the ages, who has been most responsible for the medical discoveries that have relieved untold amounts of suffering and pain, and extended the length of that most sacred of creations, human life?

a.Medical doctors
b.Research biologists
c.Chemists
d.The Catholic Church


25.A great sadness has come into your life which you feel you cannot bear. A friend informs you of a free counseling service which has never failed to aid and comfort many others. You call the counselor; the phone rings and rings with no answer; you finally hang up. What is the most likely explanation?

a.The counselor is sitting by the phone but not answering in order to test your faith in him
b.The counselor always stands ready to hear your pleas for help, but sometimes the answer is "no"
c.The counselor will not answer because he wants you to profit by the spiritual strength that only comes through suffering
d.The counselor is not home


ESSAY QUESTION

While it is true that there have been and still are many different gods and many different religions, they are really just the various names by which various cultures approach the same God. Explain how and why each of the following is the same God:

Quetzalcoatl, who wants you to skin a young virgin alive, then put on the skin and dance;
Shiva, who wants you to pray over his penis;
Allah, who wants you to fly airliners into buildings;
Catholic God; who speaks directly through the Pope;
Baptist God, who most definitely does not;
Jesus, who wants you to castrate yourself to ensure arrival in heaven
Jehovah, who any day now, is going to kill everyone on the earth except for his Witnesses


END OF RELIGION 101 FINAL
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What's with people being surprised when questions are not responded to? Sometimes people just don't want to respond-- not because they can't.  This is a multiple choice quiz (for the most part), therefore its not like its a hard quiz.. it may, however, be a badly written one. Smiling

Oh yah.. I'm in an airport.. so, I decided to come back for a moment to just see whats been going on in this place, even though I'm still trying to keep my distance. Smiling

 

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This is the final examination for the course. Anything below 60% will be treated as an F. The essay at the end is optional. Writing it will add an automatic 10% to you total grade based on the mutiple choice questions. Good Luck!
1.Which of the following is the most compelling evidence for the existence of an intelligent and loving Designer?

a.A Caribbean sunset
b.The screams of a baby seal as it is torn apart by a shark
c.The first time your perfect new baby smiles at you
d.The speed of the Ebola virus converting an African child's organs into liquid

c.

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2. A deeply devout Catholic couple has just returned from their fiftieth anniversary celebration, when suddenly the husband falls to the ground, clutching his chest. What is the most productive action for the wife to take?

a.Call 911
b.Put him in the car and race to the hospital herself
c.Administer CPR
d.Fall on her knees and pray to the Lord to spare his life

a. followed by b. or c. depending on what is called for based on his condition (heart attack has more than a few possible outcomes and levels of seriousness)

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3.You are a product tester and frequently bring your work home. Yesterday, while dressed in a flame resistant suit (up to 3,000 degrees) and carrying the latest model fire extinguisher, you discover your neighbor's house is on fire. As the flames quickly spread, you stand and watch your neighbor's new baby burn to death. Which of the following best describes your behavior?

a.All-powerful
b.All-knowing
c.All-loving
d.Mysterious

e. Cowardly and/or sadistic

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4.One day while jogging in the park, you see a maniac with a butcher knife about to attack a six-year old girl. Which would be the most morally proper action to take?

a.Grab the nearest rock and beat off the attacker
b.Call the police on your cell phone
c.Yell "POLICE!" and run toward the attacker in a threatening manner
d.Calmly walk away, because God works in mysterious ways, and what appears "evil" to our finite human mind, may in fact be part of a vaster plan in God's infinite mind, so it's best not to interfere

a. (although, a rock vs a butcher knife doesn't really seem like a fair fight-- perhaps a large branch or some sort of battle axe)

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5.You are the incarnated Son of the all-powerful and all-loving Creator of the universe. What would be a good way to demonstrate your compassion and power?

a.Cure cancer forever
b.Cause all the earth's deserts to bloom with food crops
c.Unite the world with a common language and an end to poverty
d.Conjure up a jug of wine and follow it up by walking on water

e. none of the above (question asks "good" not, "out of the following choices which would "best".--however, all things being equal, a b c and d.)

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6.Since we can never "know" whether or not a God exists - it is fundamentally a matter of "faith" - it's best to be a believer since you have nothing to lose, but everything to lose if your disbelief is incorrect. Keeping in mind that the fate of your soul depends on the right choice, in which God should you place your belief? For extra credit, include a brief essay justifying your choice, along with the reasons why you reject the other three.

a.Zeus
b.Quetzalcoatl
c.Vishnu
d.The Holy Trinity

(*Note: Choice D assumes you were born around 400 A.D. or later, after the invention of the Trinity)

I'm going for the extra credit.  Sweet (but granted, my knowledge of the other deities is somewhat limited.).
My reason for choosing not to believe in either a b or c is based on the same reasonable (in my opinion) perception.  Each of these three exists within a pantheon of gods and goddess.  There power is neither absolute nor do their followers attribute an "all-loving" characteristic to the god or goddess.  By choosing to believe in only one of these gods (which, in some cases, required by the particular god), I would undoubtedly risk angering another.  Since neither god has absolute power I better watch out and consider, at any point in time, in whom's territory I am currently residing.  For instance, if I worship Zeus, be careful about the ocean.  If I worship Poseidon, be careful in the sky.  Furthermore, since I have heard of no attempt to explain why any particular one of these gods or goddess would care what one of us does (when obviously they have their own problems to deal with, ones of the 'divine' political level), and furthermore, why, since I have not chosen to worship any of them, I have not suffered at their hands (I have not been lost at sea, nor struck by lightening, my house has not been razed by the followers of Hera nor my ability to experience love by my lack of worship for Aphrodite.

So.. I choose d.  I will ignore for the moment the ideas of "everything to lose if my disbelief in a particular is incorrect."  I do not believe this.  I make choices based on what I perceive to be real and what I sense to be morality and logic.  Based upon these choices I make other, specific, choices.  Whatever consequences that may come about because of them I would not equate to having "lost" something.. even as I would not say I "gained" something, merely that I have come to the result of my actions and choices.  At whatever end there is or may be, will not change that my life is lived according to the choices I make based upon the perceptions I have.  While individuals "choices" of "belief and disbelief" may change.. the particular premise that they change according to my perception does not, and therefore "gained" or "lost" is relative.

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7.You are the Creator of the universe. Your chosen people are a tribe of nomadic herdsmen, presently in bondage on one of the millions of your planets. Their ruler is being quite obstinate. Keeping in mind that you possess not only infinite power but also infinite love, your best course of action would be to:

a.Cause the ruler to drop dead of a heart attack
b.Cause the ruler to fall off a cliff
c.Visit the ruler in a dream and persuade him to let your people go
d.Slaughter a great number of innocent babies who had nothing to do with the ruler's policies

e. none of the above. (the possible outcomes of any one of these particular choices, coupled with the fact that I am NOT all knowing so I cannot know which of the outcomes would come about because of a particular choice of action, the question is rendered meaningless.. even as earlier ones were.  Lets say for a moment.. as I did before 'all things being equal'-- meaning, if the ruler dies then a good hearted ruler of less hardened personality comes in his stead as well as no drawback is created within the system I have put into place-- then my choice would be along the lines of a or b.)


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8.You are a Starfleet Federation explorer in the process of cataloging two newly discovered planets. The majority of the inhabitants of each planet believe in a deity, but they are two different deities. Deity "X" is said to be not only all-powerful, all-loving, and all-knowing, but the designer of a marvelously complex and ordered world. Deity "Y" is said to be indifferent, absent, unconcerned with the affairs of his planet, and some even say evil. Which god rules over which planet?

Planet A: Has apparently achieved a state of advanced benign equilibrium in which there are no viruses or diseases, and only a very small number of natural disasters, which, when they do strike, always eliminate only the sinful and evil. The inhabitants, both plant and animal, have learned to maintain their existence through photosynthesis, and thus do not have to kill and eat each other in order to survive. There are no "birth defects;" every inhabitant comes into existence perfectly formed and equipped for a long and productive life.
Deity X_____
Deity Y_____

Deity X or Y.

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Planet B: Adorned with many examples of beauty and order, it is also constantly beset by hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanoes, lightning bolts, viruses, disfiguring diseases, parasites, leeches, flies, crop-destroying pests and many other phenomena which afflict both the innocent and the evil. Every life form on the planet can only sustain its existence through the destruction and consumption of other life forms. Some of the inhabitants are born with a crippling condition called a "birth defect", which condemns them to living extremely limited, short, or painful lives.
Deity X_____
Deity Y_____

Deity X or Y.

(This question is equally as meaningless because it asks me to make a statement of opinion when, in the case of the given situation, statement of fact would be in order.  It would be as if to say, I walk into a house where two people live.  One person eats only oranges and the other eats only pears.  One is healthy, the other is not.  What does the healthy person eat? What does the unhealthy person eat?  While I could state some kind of supposition.. I could just as easily ask the individual person what they eat.. at which point my statement of opinion wouldn't matter.  If it's right, bravo, if its not, so what? It was an opinion anyways. So.. in the case of this given situation.. I'd ask the particular planet what deity they believe in-- I am, after all, there.

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9.What is the number of children born without arms or legs that have been miraculously restored by a visit to the shrine at Lourdes, France?

a.Too many to count
b.Over 1,000
c.Several dozen
d.Zero, but only because their faith was not strong enough

I am not aware of the number.  My guess would be e. Zero (independent of faith).

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10.As we all know, there is only one true religion. What is the one true religion in each of the following circumstances?

a.You are born in Karnak in 3000 B.C.
b.You are born in Bombay in 300 B.C.
c.You are born in Baghdad in 900 A.D.
d.You are born in Mexico City in 1956 A.D.

a. Whatever was or was not the one true religion before.
b. Whatever was or was not the one true religion before.
c. Whatever was or was not the one true religion before.
d. Whatever was or was not the one true religion before.

(An earlier question asks me to accept the premise that I cannot "know", and therefore my belief is fundamentally based on "faith".  Well.. then what is the purpose of this question? I cannot "know", therefore why would I wish to present myself as if I knew what is the "one true" religion in a particular case.

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11.Although you are new at golf, you have just hit a beautiful 200-yard drive and your ball has landed on a blade of grass near the cup at Hole 3. The green contains ten million blades of grass. The odds of your ball landing on that blade of grass are 10,000,000 to one against, too improbable to have happened by mere chance. What's the explanation?

a.The wind guided it
b.Your muscles guided it
c.There is no need for an explanation
d.You consciously designed your shot to land on that particular blade

e. Explanation exists, for it did happen, yet the number of variables within the equation are not known by me at this time.  However, the explanation would seem to entail a mixture of muscle movement, brain activity, wind, geographical attributes, relative strength of the grass, etc.

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12.Which of the following is most likely to be true, and why?

a.Romulus was the son of God, born to a mortal human virgin
b.Dionysus turned water into wine
c.Apollonius of Tyana raised a girl from the dead
d.Jesus Christ was the son of God, born to a mortal virgin, turned water into wine, and raised a man from the dead

d. Since the individuals a. or b. have relatively less historical basis as to their existence then either c or d, then they would be relatively less likely to be true.  Furthermore, dependent upon the claims of a c. relative to d., for instance if c. claimed that he could raise people (because of X, Y, Z) from the dead and his 'followers' claimed that he did, then the likely-hood of c being true would be equivalent to that of d.  Granted.. 'all things being equal.'

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13.Conceding that torture is permissible under certain conditions, which of the following would be the best justification?

a.Your prisoner is the only one who knows the date and time of an assassination attempt on the Pope
b.Your prisoner is the only one who knows where a nuclear device has been planted in Washington, D.C.
c.Your prisoner is the only one who knows where a vial of nerve gas has been placed in the London water supply system
d.Your prisoner has announced that the earth revolves around the sun

(Why would I concede that torture is permissible under certain conditions? But.. whatever.. for the purpose of this question, as well as it does say "best" justification and not "good".)
b.


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14.We know that Christianity is true because the Gospel writers, inspired by God who can make no error, recorded the founding events. For example, on the first Easter morning, the visitors to the tomb were greeted by which of the following:

a.A young man (Mark 16:5)
b.No, no, it was no man, it was an angel (Matthew 28:2-5)
c.You're both wrong, it was two men (Luke 24:4)
d.Damn it, there was nobody there (John 20:1-2)

(There the quiz goes using the word "know" again when an early question has already asked me to concede something different.)
e. Lose the forest through the trees.  (Is that how it goes?) Of course, if you ask me, I loved the fact that I was able to through out the concept of atoms completely after I heard that the book I was reading, concerning atoms, was going to be superceded by another book about atoms that sought to correct or expand on a particular concept of electron vibration, but before I ever read the following book.)

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15. According to inerrant Scripture, the Savior prayed alone in the garden while the three disciples who accompanied him had fallen asleep. How did the gospel writer know the words of that prayer?

a.Jesus left them written down under a rock
b.They were recorded on a primitive taping device
c.The gospel writer was psychic
d.The three disciples were later hypnotized and asked to recall the prayer

e. The prayer remarked upon was a particular part of the prayer, something they heard before falling asleep.
f. Divine inspiration.
g. They made it up for narrative purposes.

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16.According to at least one sainted church father, one of the pleasures of the saved will be to behold the agony of the damned. What would be the best time of day in heaven for a mother to behold the agony of her only son?

a.Early in the morning before it gets too crowded
b.Mid-day when she can compare notes and share the celebration with other mothers
c.Late at night when she can enjoy the flames in starker contrast

Wow.. in my opinion, crazy saints.

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17.In the Judeo-Christian tradition, we always look to the Bible as a guide. In this example, your teenage son has returned home from the prom intoxicated. The Bible's instruction is:

a.Sit him down for a heart to heart talk
b.Enroll him in AA
c.Take away his driving privilege for one month
d.Smash his head in with rocks

e.More complex answer.

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18.In this example, your son-in-law, returned from his honeymoon, has just told you he suspects your daughter was not a virgin on their wedding night. Wishing to abide by God's holy rules as laid out in the Bible, you should:

a.Ask him if he was a virgin before you do anything
b.Advise him to forgive her
c.Talk to your daughter
d.Go find those rocks

e.More complex answer.

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19.You are eating lunch at a crowded fast food restaurant, occupied mostly by children, when suddenly a gunman bursts in, screams "Do not question or test me," and sprays the room with bullets. Ten people are killed instantly, many more grievously wounded, but somehow you escape unharmed. His ammunition expended, the gunman collapses to the floor. What should you do?

a.Call the police and wait for them to arrive
b.Call the police and leave
c.Risk death by asking the gunman why he did it, even though he told you not to
d.Fall on your knees and give thanks and praise to the gunman for sparing your life

e. Call the police as I head back into the restaurant, knock out the gunman with his gun, perhaps break his kneecaps, then proceed to do what I can for the injured.

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20.Why did God show his backside to Moses, as described in Holy Scripture, Ex.33:23?

a.He invented everything, and this was simply the first mooning
b.He was really ticked off when Moses dropped the tablets
c.He was piqued, having just discovered His almighty powers were useless against chariots of iron (Judges I:19)
d.Moses was too serious and needed to lighten up a little

d. (or perhaps some e.)

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21.Jesus was God, and God knows all things, including all the medical knowledge that will ever be known. Why did Jesus blame demons for the case of epilepsy he cured?

a.He was suffering from a temporary case of "brain freeze"
b.The Aramaic word for "demon" is the same as the word for "cranial malfunction"
c.Neurology was not his specialty
d.In first-century Palestine, demons really did cause epilepsy. This affliction only began to be caused by electrochemical brain activity after about 1850 A.D.

(Verse? In anycase..)

e.He didn't feel like explaining 2000 years of science within the context of a few years and therefore gave a incomplete (within the context of christian theology) truth.

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22.This morning's paper carries a story about a suburban father who became so enraged with his disobedient children that he carried them both to the backyard pool where he drowned them, along with their puppy, their kitten, and their hamster. How should this father be treated?

a.He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law
b.He should be banished from the town
c.He should be lynched to save the taxpayers' money
d.The townspeople should gather together to sing hymns of praise to him

b. followed by c. then a.

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23.This morning I started my day by insulting my mother in public, then punched out my father, my brother, and my sister. Then I gathered up all my clothes, sold them to a second-hand store, and with the proceeds bought a used Uzi and 50 rounds of ammunition. Next, I went down to the animal shelter and injected all the dogs with a drug that caused them to go insane and dive into the nearby canal where they all drowned. By this time I was hungry, so I went over to my neighbor's apple orchard and burned it down, because I wanted an orange and there weren't any. On the way home, I stopped at the local steel mill to discuss my philosophy of life with some of the guys. They laughed at me and said to stow it, so I tossed them all into the blast furnace. That night I discovered my son looking at a copy of Playboy. Concerned for his future welfare, I cut off his right hand. What historical character did my activities today most resemble?

a.Genghis Khan
b.Charles Manson
c.Adolph Hitler
d.Jesus Christ

e.Not sure.

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24.Down through the ages, who has been most responsible for the medical discoveries that have relieved untold amounts of suffering and pain, and extended the length of that most sacred of creations, human life?

a.Medical doctors
b.Research biologists
c.Chemists
d.The Catholic Church

b. and c.

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25.A great sadness has come into your life which you feel you cannot bear. A friend informs you of a free counseling service which has never failed to aid and comfort many others. You call the counselor; the phone rings and rings with no answer; you finally hang up. What is the most likely explanation?

a.The counselor is sitting by the phone but not answering in order to test your faith in him
b.The counselor always stands ready to hear your pleas for help, but sometimes the answer is "no"
c.The counselor will not answer because he wants you to profit by the spiritual strength that only comes through suffering
d.The counselor is not home

("Most likely" of the four?)
d.

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ESSAY QUESTION

While it is true that there have been and still are many different gods and many different religions, they are really just the various names by which various cultures approach the same God. Explain how and why each of the following is the same God:

Quetzalcoatl, who wants you to skin a young virgin alive, then put on the skin and dance;
Shiva, who wants you to pray over his penis;
Allah, who wants you to fly airliners into buildings;
Catholic God; who speaks directly through the Pope;
Baptist God, who most definitely does not;
Jesus, who wants you to castrate yourself to ensure arrival in heaven
Jehovah, who any day now, is going to kill everyone on the earth except for his Witnesses


END OF RELIGION 101 FINAL

What? I do not agree with such a premise, so this question is not for me.


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I liked #8. :P

I liked #8. Sticking out tongue

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very awesome. I laughed

very awesome. I laughed out loud a few times and had my co-workers wondering what was so funny. I was tempted to show them, but they are busy anyway. I'm not busy today...slow day for me.

I want to keep a link to it handy in case anyone I know of would be amused or annoyed by it. Eye-wink

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Well gosh.  If you're not

Well gosh.  If you're not going to give us the correct answers and the grading system, how will we know if we flunked?

Number 25 is missing the correct answer as one of the selections.  If you call a suicide hotline and they either don't answer or put you on hold, you're supposed to go ahead with your original plan.*

*To anyone who might take that even remotely seriously:  that's just a joke. 

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hehe.. I didn't write the

hehe.. I didn't write the test, and the answer key wasn't supplied.

I'm kind of with you on the one question.  If you think your life is that awful, there's a decent possibility you're right.

(again, please don't anybody shoot yourself because I said that... You definitely need a better reason.)

What I liked about the test is that it is a really nice way of pointing out all the real-life absurdities that we don't always think of when we're discussing things phlosophically.

 

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 Well , I am the author.

Cool Well , I am the author. The quiz was originally submitted to the excellent site www.ebonmusings.org. It blows my mind that people have actually attempted to select answers. There is no answer key because the whole point is exactly as Hamby describes it. Cheers!

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Thanks for the heads up on

Thanks for the heads up on authorship, Terrence!

All of my atheist friends have just loved it.  Thanks for taking time to write it, and welcome to RRS.  Hope you can hang around and contribute more!

 

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Welcome Terrance! Love the

Welcome Terrance!

Love the quiz.  It was good for quite a few chuckles.   (By the way, I wasn't really serious about an answer key.)

If you have more, we'd love to see them. 

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CoolActually, as soon as I wrote it, I thought of a bunch more. I would like to make it a 100-question quiz after reviewing and editing any and all comers for new ideas, excising repititions, etc. And then, my next greatest idea: I can do the reaearch and word stuff, but I need a really great artist/illustrator to collaborate on a tome I can envision for sale on the checkout counter at, oh, Starbucks or Borders, etc, to wit: The Illustrated Bible (if you get my drift.....)


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What was wrong with my

What was wrong with my answers? Frown


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The idea that answers were

CoolThe idea that answers were expected.

 

BTW, your answer to # 23 indicates you  have never read "the" Bible.


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The only possible answer to

The only possible answer to 23 would be jesus, since the others aren't in the bible. But I haven't read it, and can't say for certain.

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In regards to the last two

In regards to the last two posts:

The question does not ask "which biblical character does (X) most resemble?"

Furthermore, some might contend that Jesus is even historical.

But nonetheless, I answered this way since I do not know two what extent the description can be applied to the other three choices.. not necessarily because I don't know how well they describe the biblical character of Jesus.

So.. careful with what sort of assumptions you imply as absolute.


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Very clever.

Very clever.


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Terrence wrote: Well , I

Terrence wrote:

Cool Well , I am the author. The quiz was originally submitted to the excellent site www.ebonmusings.org. It blows my mind that people have actually attempted to select answers.

Actually, that's what I'd expect from most theists: a naive belief that they can erase painful realities through their dodges.

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 "Most Christians are nicer than God" -- Dan Barker

Most everyone is nicer than the christian god.  

"Hitler burned people like Anne Frank, for that we call him evil.
"God" burns Anne Frank eternally. For that, theists call him 'good.'