World Religions: Western Traditions, Fourth Edition—Chapter 2

Instructions: For each question, click on the radio button beside your answer. When you have completed the entire quiz, click the “Submit my answers” button at the bottom of the page to receive your results.

Question 1:


a) All they amounted to was irrational superstition.
b) All of them were based upon Greek myths.
c) They should all be respected.
d) That the Egyptian concept of the afterlife was his favourite.

Question 2:


a) That humans were constructing monuments dedicated to religious/symbolic practice as early as 9500 BCE.
b) That early human societies practised cat worship.
c) That early human societies had complex religious texts.
d) That early human societies had no concept of religion and were solely pre-occupied with survival in a hostile environment.

Question 3:


a) As an ungodly place
b) As the meeting place of a thousand heroes
c) As doomed
d) As the meeting place of 300 gods from on high and 300 more from below

Question 4:


a) Winged monsters from Greek mythology
b) Groups of actors during antiquity
c) A category of minor gods
d) The priests who tended to the Oracle at Delphi

Question 5:


a) Athena
b) Zeus
c) Hera
d) Apollo

Question 6:


a) That all agree they are the chief founders of religion.
b) That their place was at home, not in the temple.
c) That they embody divinity.
d) That they pose a risk to the laws of purity.

Question 7:


a) Philosophical dialogues
b) Collections of theses
c) Myth
d) Rhetorical Speeches

Question 8:


a) Interact with humans
b) Introduce evil into the world
c) Change the predicament of human societies
d) Accept sacrificial offerings

Question 9:


a) Supplication
b) Prayer song
c) Holy festivals
d) Sacrifice

Question 10:


a) They were offered up by devotees as fulfillment of vows.
b) They were candles and oil lamps meant to represent the divine light of the deity.
c) They were used to gain favour with temple priests.
d) They were given to the poor in the name of a deity.

Question 11:


a) Greek
b) Egyptian
c) Roman
d) Mesopotamian

Question 12:


a) Because fire represented the all-consuming power of the divine.
b) Because smoke was understood as the means for transmitting the offerings to the gods and goddesses.
c) Because fire purified the offerings.
d) Because they needed to cook the offerings so that they could be eaten by the priests.

Question 13:


a) Temples
b) Oracles
c) Spouses
d) Priestesses

Question 14:


a) The harvest
b) War
c) The underworld
d) The sea

Question 15:


a) Apollo
b) Demeter
c) Athena
d) Diana

Question 16:


a) Barbarian raiders
b) Lists of ancient virtues
c) A group of Roman priestesses
d) A series of ancient Roman festivals

Question 17:


a) Popular books
b) Schools
c) Travelling preachers
d) Public festivals and theater

Question 18:


a) Greek
b) Mesopotamian
c) Egyptian
d) Roman

Question 19:


a) Her power over procreation
b) Her protection in battle
c) Her role as a nurturing mother
d) Her association with bountiful harvests

Question 20:


a) The Pyramid Texts
b) The Book of the Dead
c) The Enuma Elish
d) The Coffin Texts