Quiz: Faith of Our Founding Fathers


America's founders had complicated and sometimes surprising views on religion and separation of church and state. Take our quiz to see how much you know about them.
Q1. The phrase "separation of church and state" state appears in:
1. The original Constitution
2. The Bill of Rights
3. The Declaration of Indpendence
4. None of the above
Q2. To thank Thomas Jefferson for promoting religious freedom, the Baptists of Cheshire, Massachusetts gave him:
1. A 422-pound trophy shaped like a liberty bell
2. A thank-you letter with 946 signatures
3. 412 quarts of "freedom ale"
4. A 1,235-pound cheese
Q3. Which Founding Father at one point believed there was one major god and a group of smaller gods attending to each solar system?
1. Benjamin Franklin
2. Tom Paine
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. Alexander Hamilton
Q4. Which Founding Father banned the burning of effigies of the pope?
1. George Washington
2. James Madison
3. Patrick Henry
4. Roger Sherman
Q5. Which Founding Father referred to the Catholic Church as "the whore of Babylon" and "the Monster"?
1. Alexander Hamilton
2. John Dickenson
3. John Adams
4. Patrick Henry
Q6. Which group supported separation of church and state most?
1. Evangelical Christians
2. Puritans
3. Anglicans
4. Quakers
Q7. Which Founding Father attended church but refused to take communion?
1. Thomas Jefferson
2. John Adams
3. James Madison
4. George Washington
Q8. Which Founding Father went through the Bible, removed the miracles, and made a book consisting only of Jesus' ethical teachings?
1. Tom Paine
2. Thomas Jefferson
3. Benjamin Franklin
4. Betsy Ross
Q9. Which Founding Father defended his state having an official state religion?
1. George Washington
2. John Adams
3. Benjamin Franklin
4. James Madison
Q10. Who refused to issue a presidential proclamation of thanksgiving because he believed it violated separation of church and state?
1. Thomas Jefferson
2. James Madison
3. George Washington
4. John Adams
Q11. Which Founding Father referred to the trinity as the "Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the prophets of Jesus?"
1. Benedict Arnold
2. Thomas Jefferson
3. John Adams
4. James Madison
Q12. Who believed the American victory in the Revolution came about largely because of the "singular interposition of Providence?"
1. George Washington
2. John Adams
3. Benedict Arnold
4. Thomas Jefferson
Q13. Who declared Thomas Jefferson "an enemy to pure morals and religion, and consequently an enemy to his country and his God"?
1. Courtiers to King George III
2. Leaders of the Church of England
3. Campaign operatives of John Adams
4. Martha Jefferson
Q14. Which Founder said, "If Men are so wicked as we now see them with religion what would they be with if without it?"
1. James Madison
2. Benjamin Franklin
3. George Washington
4. Thomas Jefferson


 

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