Introduction To World Religions
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Question 1: What is the title for the head of the Roman Catholic Church?
a) The Pope
b) The Vicar of Mary
c) The Great Father
d) The Teacher
The head of the Roman Catholic Church is the bishop of Rome but you might know him better as the Pope. The current Pope is Pope Francis who was born in Argentina. He is the first Pope to have been born outside of Europe in over 1000 years! He is considered the spiritual leader to over 1.2 billion Catholics all around the world.
Question 2: The Buddha taught that people can achieve enlightenment if they follow the…
a) The Fourfold Path
b) The Sevenfold Path
c) The Eightfold Path
d) The Tenfold Path
The Eightfold Path is the Buddhist guide to end suffering. It gives eight different areas we must concentrate on to reach enlightenment. Buddhists use the Dharma Wheel to teach the Path and remind themselves of it. You might have seen the Dharma Wheel before in pictures and drawings because is one of the most important symbols of Buddhism.
Question 3: Jesus Christ was born in…
a) The country of Iraq
b) The country of Iran
c) The Province of Palestine
d) The City of Rome
Jesus of Nazareth was born a province of the Ancient Roman Empire called Palestine. The Romans conquered Jesus’ homeland a few decades before he was born. Most Jewish people hated living under the Romans and there were constant rebellions. The Monty Python film ‘The Life of Brian’ pokes fun at how the Jewish people viewed the Roman Empire.
Question 4: The Adi Granth is the holy text of which faith?
The Adi Granth is the sacred text of Sikhism. It is also known as the Guru Granth Sahib because Sikhs consider it to be like an eternal living guru. A guru is a holy teacher. Sikhs call their sacred text a guru because they believe that it gives them constant guidance and help in their personal and spiritual lives. The book is very sacred and is kept on a special platform like a throne.
Question 5: The holiest day of the Jewish year is…
a) Rosh Hashanah
d) Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish Year. It is also known as the Day of Atonement because this is the day that all Jewish people are to atone for the sins to God and to other people throughout the year. Jewish show their commitment to atonement by fasting for the day and going to a special service at the synagogue.
Question 6: Which of these is one of the five pillars of Islam?
a) Fasting at Ramadan
b) Attending the Mosque every Friday
c) Helping family.
d) Reading the Quran everyday
Although the other answers are some things that many Muslims do every day, only fasting at Ramadan is one of the Pillars of Islam. During Ramadan Muslims do not eat during daylight hours for 29-30 days depending on the year. Usually it makes people very grumpy! Children, the elderly, the sick, and pregnant women do not have to fast.
Question 7: In what language were the Tripitaka written in?
The Tripitaka (this word means ‘three baskets’ because that’s where the scrolls were kept in by the first Buddhist monks) is the oldest sacred writings of Buddhism. They are also known as the Tipitaka or the Pali Canon because of the language they were written in. Pali is an ancient language from India. This one is easy to remember if you know that ‘tri’ means three!
Question 8: What story is found in ancient Mesopotamian writings and in the Old Testament?
a) The Great Flood
b) The Garden of Eden
c) The Tower of Babel
d) The Battle of Jericho
The Great Flood is a story that is found in Ancient Mesopotamian writings. The Epic of Gilgamesh tell a story about how the gods sent a great flood to destroy humanity for their sins. Although this story does not include Noah and the Ark and other familiar elements found in the Old Testament story, it shows how the stories are related to one another and how they possibly all descended from a single prehistoric event or common religion.
Question 9: For most Christian denominations, how do new converts become a Christian and join the church?
a) Confirmation at the age of 12.
b) Being born into a religious family.
c) Baptism at any age.
d) Baptism as a small baby.
Baptism can be received by babies, children, or adults at any stage of their lives. Although faith is an important element, for most Christian denominations baptism is the only way to become a Christian. Although this is the belief held by the majority of Christian denominations, not all Christians agree with this idea however, and some reject baptism all together and argue that it is only your belief in God and His son that makes you a Christian.
Question 10: Which of these Hindu divine beings is usually shown as a female in art?
The Hindu divine being Kali is usually shown as a female in pictures and sculptures. Often, she is shown with black or blue skin and with several arms, all with their own special objects. Many people view her as the goddess of death and destruction, but she is also seen as a goddess of liberation who will help the weak. She is often depicted with her tongue sticking out and covered in blood!
More DSST Study Resources
Are you at the beginning of your study process, or just looking for a couple more practice questions to finish prepping for your exam? In either case, you can find some of my favorite resources below. Some of the links below are affiliate (Amazon for instance), which means they’ll pay us a few bucks for every purchase through the link. Feel free to use those links if you want to support the site, but you can also just Google the title or pick the book up at your local library.
Official DSST Practice Test: Ok, so the DSST website isn’t the most inviting, but it will give you the best approximation of the real exam experience. Also, the official practice test is quite affordable (currently just $5 per practice exam).
Mometrix DSST Intro To World Religions: Textbooks are great as far as they go, but I’d generally recommend you opt for the Mometrix guide instead. It tends to cut through the confusion and help you accelerate your learning process.
InstantCert Academy: Another website with a very dated design, but as ancient as it looks, this is actually an incredibly valuable resource. Basically, you get a massive set of flashcards that you can use to learn World Religions and to really solidify that knowledge so you’re ready for the exam.
Plenty of other resources exist – just do a quick internet search – but these are a fantastic start, and probably all you really need. I’ve personally done some exams with just InstantCert and the official practice test.