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The Five Pillars represent the main beliefs of what religion?
a) Islam
b) Christianity
c) Judaism
d) Buddhism

Abraham, the father of the Hebrew people, is sometimes considered the founder (father-patriarch) of all three monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam because,,,
a) He is the founder of Judaism and Christianity and Islam are rooted in Judaism.
b) He was the oldest of all the prophets.
c) His first name starts with an ‘A’.
d) Abraham, Jesus, and Muhammad took a vote and Abraham won.

Cultural community with common ancestry. Often shares language. Often shares traditions. This BEST describes...
a) a religious group.
b) an ethnic group.
c) a nationalist group.
d) a minority group.

The religion of Islam is split into sects. The majority of Muslims belong to which sect?
a) Shi’a
b) Kurd
c) Hindi
d) Sunni

The division between Shi’a and Sunni Muslims resulted from a dispute over
a) who should control Iran.
b) who should be Muhammad’s successor.
c) whether Muhammad is a descendant of Jesus Christ.
d) whether or not Muslims should follow the Qur’an.

One important reason for Israel’s high standard of living is that
a) Israel has the highest literacy rate in the region.
b) Israel has huge reserves of oil and gas.
c) Israel has not been involved in major wars.
d) Israel is a major exporter of grain.

The oldest of the three major religions of Southwest Asia is
a) Christianity.
b) Judaism.
c) Islam.
d) Buddhism.

Around the time of Jesus’ death circa 33 CE, his followers started to spread his teachings. This led to the growth of which major religion?
a) Islam
b) Judaism
c) Christianity
d) Druze

What is one thing MOST Arabs, Kurds, and Persians have in common?
a) Most practice Islam.
b) Most are nomads.
c) Arabic is the first language of all three groups.
d) They all live in Saudi Arabia.

Which of the following is one of the Five Pillars of Islam?
a) Make a hajj to Mecca at least once.
b) Eat fish on Fridays.
c) Eat unleavened bread during Passover.
d) Donate one-tenth of personal income to the mosque.

Literacy rates in Southwest Asia have risen dramatically in the 20th century. What will MOST LIKELY happen as a result of the rising literacy rates?
a) The economy will improve.
b) The unemployment rate will also rise.
c) The birth rate will soar.
d) Ethnic groups will stop fighting.

Which statement about Southwest Asia today is true?
a) Only a few different ethnic groups live there.
b) The majority of its residents are Arabs.
c) It has very good literacy rates.
d) Much of its economy is based on tourism.

Iran, Syria, and Lebanon are Muslim nations. Israel was created so that Jews could live there. Most Southwest Asians Jews live in which nation?
a) Israel
b) Iran
c) Syria
d) Lebanon

Which of the following is NOT one of the three major religions that originated in Southwest Asia?
a) Islam
b) Hinduism
c) Judaism
d) Christianity

What religion do MOST people in Southwest Asia practice today?
a) Christianity
b) Judaism
c) Islam
d) Buddhism

Which sect of Islam believes that its leader should be a direct descendant of Muhammad?
a) Shi’a
b) Sunni
c) Kurd
d) Judaic

The reason for division between Sunni and Shia Muslims is based on the issue of
a) the issue of women’s rights within the religion
b) who should control the natural resources of the region
c) who should succeed Muhammad as leader (or caliph) after his death
d) where the geographic center of the Islamic world should be located

What was the dominant religion in Southwest Asia (Middle East) before European partitioning?
a) Christianity
b) Judaism
c) Islam
d) Buddhism

The religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity all have which characteristic in common.
a) polytheistic
b) monotheistic
c) ethnic groups
d) same holy book

Although Judaism, Islam and Christianity are similar one key difference is
a) their patriarchal leader
b) their view on Jesus Christ
c) they have place of worship
d) Jerusalem is sacred Christianity alone

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