The Primate Diaries

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a quiz to test your understanding of religion and politics in American history. I got 19 out of 21. How’d you do?


  1. #1 speedwell
    November 23, 2009

    Wow, that was hard. 19 out of 21 also, but I would have got 20 if I had actually READ one of the other two questions properly.

  2. #2 Eric Juve
    November 23, 2009

    Sadly only 16 out of 21

  3. #3 EMJ
    November 23, 2009

    Which ones threw you? I didn’t know one of the groups that challenged prayer in school and the one American colony that actually allowed religious freedom. That was fascinating, I’d like to learn more about that.

  4. #4 kittywhumpus
    November 23, 2009

    I missed the “Lemon” question and did not notice the “Act of Congress” phrase on the currency question.

    “The Godless Constitution” book provided a lot of my knowledge.

  5. #5 Gray Gaffer
    November 23, 2009

    16. But, I got all the Constitutional and legal questions, just missed some of the who said what history bits. Since I also missed US history schooling, being an expat Brit, I can live with that. e.g. I see no real difference between Jerry Fallwell and Pat Robertson.

  6. #6 Sigmund
    November 23, 2009

    I got 18 and I’m not even American.

  7. #7 rrp
    November 23, 2009

    17 out of 21, fluffed some history sad to say.

  8. #8 wrpd
    November 23, 2009

    21 out of 21!!!!! I need to find a day job.

  9. #9 Elf Eye
    November 23, 2009

    19 out of 21. I missed the answers to the questions about prayers at football games and school prayer in Wisconsin.

  10. #10 Tony P
    November 23, 2009

    I got 17 out of 21. I blew it on the questions as follows:

    Separation of church and state, I said France, survey said U.S. Ah well.

    The “In God We Trust” I confused with the pledge. Ooops.

    The 1890 Bible reading – I said Lutheran, but it was Catholics

    And I wasn’t up on the 2000 ruling about football prayers. Ah well.

  11. #11 Sweetwater Tom
    November 23, 2009

    Sadly, 17, and that was with some lucky guesses!

  12. #12 Pierce R. Butler
    November 23, 2009

    19/21, but I wanna argue with somebody about one of my alleged “wrongs“!!1!

  13. #13 Rod
    November 23, 2009

    17/21, and I’m Canadian. I learned a lot from following these blogs.

  14. #14 Zaxro
    November 23, 2009

    19 out of 21 for me. I got the settlement allowing religious freedom wrong (I said Virginia because of Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, I guess they said early settlements and the statute was not put into law until 1779), and I guessed Falwell for the one about secular schools.

  15. #15 Lincoln
    November 23, 2009

    I also got 18/21, but my excuse is that I’m not an American 😉

  16. #16 natural cynic
    November 23, 2009

    Missed the Catholic prayer complaint and when Xmas was made a federal holiday.
    Just think like a fundangelical wingnut and pick a different answer.

  17. #17 bad Jim
    November 24, 2009

    18. Forgot the Lemon fork has three prongs.

  18. #18 Ashley Moore
    November 24, 2009

    17/20. I overestimated the early colonies religious tolerance.

    My excuse is that I’m an Australian living in Netherlands!

  19. #19 Sjö
    November 24, 2009

    15. Not bad for a Swede, though, and I guess much of it comes from reading blogs like this one. I didn’t know which settlements had religious freedom and I missed some of the who said what/who challenged what questions (although i guessed that a lawsuit by an atheist/agnostic would probably fail).

  20. #20 Rob Jase
    November 24, 2009

    Another 19 out of 21.

    Bet believers score lower than non-believers,

  21. #21 cicely
    November 24, 2009

    Another 19 of 21; I missed the Catholic objection to the Protestant Bible readings, and I can’t tell the difference between Pat Robertson and Adolf Hitler.

  22. #22 Physicalist
    November 25, 2009

    I call foul on claiming that Unitarians weren’t Christians — and I’d need convincing for the Deists too.

    (Although some Unitarians of that time considered themselves “Christians,” they rejected the Trinity and other doctrines that most Christians today consider essential.)

    Yeah, but they didn’t reject the divinity of Jesus. Did any of them reject the label “Christian”?

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