Would You Pass School R.E. Now?

How much do you remember from your Religious Education classes? These are real questions from past GCSE exam papers.

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  1. 1.

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    You may also find baptismal fonts, confession boxes, sanctuary lamps, stations of the Cross and Paschal candles in a Roman Catholic church. However, prayer rugs are used in Islamic prayer.

  2. 2.

    Giving a terminally ill patient a lethal injection.
    Turning off a terminally ill patient's life support machine.
    Refusing to give a terminally ill patient life-saving treatment.
    Giving a terminally ill patient drugs to end their life.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Passive euthanasia involves withdrawing treatment from a terminally ill patient. Active euthanasia involves actively terminating someone's life.

  3. 3.

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    It can also be called Mass, Eucharist, the Liturgy, the Lord’s Supper or the Breaking of Bread.

  4. 4.

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    Prejudice is prejudging someone before you know the facts. Discrimination is acting out upon prejudices you may hold.

  5. 5.

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    Jesus' other disciples, eyewitnesses of the event, Mark’s own evidence if he were the young man Gethsemane and oral tradition are other possible sources.

  6. 6.

    A tsunami.
    Rape.
    Child abuse.
    Murder.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Natural evils are events that hurt people and happen because of the way the world is (e.g. an earthquake). Moral evils are the results of deliberate actions by humans (e.g. rape).

  7. 7.

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    Gospel means good news, glad tidings or God-spell.

  8. 8.

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    Du'a prayer is voluntary, private prayer. Salah prayer is compulsory, public prayer.

  9. 9.

    Providing medical help for injured people.
    Clearing rubble.
    Establishing schools.
    Providing people with equipment to find bodies.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Emergency aid is help given immediately after disasters happen (e.g. clearing rubble), whereas long term aid is help given over many years (e.g. establishing schools).

  10. 10.

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    A yeshiva is a school where Orthodox Jews spend time studying the Talmud. The Talmud contains legal teachings and discussions that affect a Jew's life, including the laws of Shabbat and the laws of purity.

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    The belief that violence and war are necessary.
    The belief that violence and war are unnecessary.
    The belief that violence and war should only be used when every peaceful resolution has been considered.
    The belief that violence and war can be peaceful.
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    Wrong!

    Pacifists believe that there are non-violent ways to solve disputes. They refuse to fight in wars.

  12. 12.

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    Wrong!

    The Four Noble Truths, which the Buddha taught are: there is suffering (dukkha); suffering has a cause or causes (samudaya); remove the cause and you can remove suffering (nirodha); and the way to remove the cause is to follow the Eightfold Path (magga).

  13. 13.

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    Hindus believe that Brahma is the creator of the universe, Vishnu is the preserver of the created world and Shiva is the destroyer and re-creator of the universe.

  14. 14.

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    Nam japna is meditation, relfection or thinking about God's name.

  15. 15.

    Understanding God through a dream.
    Understanding God through the beauty of the natural world.
    Understanding God through a vision.
    Understanding God through an experience.
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    General revelation involves learning truths about God indirectly (e.g. through the beauty of nature). Special revelation involves learning truths about God through a direct communication with an individual or group (e.g. through a vision).

Would You Pass School R.E. Now?

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You got a D

You'd pass Religious Studies if you took it now. You have a great memory. Well done!

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You got a C

Very good! You'd pass Religious Education if you took the test right now. Good work.

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You got a B

Well done, you! Getting a B is no mean feat. Congrats.

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You got an A

Congratulations! You're a straight-A student. Well done, you.

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You got an A*

Wow! You'd be top of the class. You're amazing, keep it up!

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