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Quiz about Freemasonry A Historical Account
Quiz about Freemasonry A Historical Account

Freemasonry: A Historical Account Quiz


After doing a little analyzing and research by myself, I had no idea that most Freemasons likely know very little about this secret society, even if they were members.

A multiple-choice quiz by undudelike. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
undudelike
Time
6 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
315,952
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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Question 1 of 10
1. The famous painting "The Creating of Adam" is said to contain a hidden message related to the "organization" of Freemasons. Who is the renowned artist whose work this is? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. There is a two hour walking tour in a famous European city whose purpose is to retrace the historical significance of Freemasonry from its beginnings in the middle ages to the end of the 19th century. Where does this tour take place? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Up to 2010, there have been 108 US Supreme Court Justices. Although sources do not agree on the precise number, about how many of them are known to have been Freemasons? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. What famous Boston-born statesman gave us the first printed evidence of Freemasonry, nearly 50 years before the USA became an independent nation? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Freemasonry in the USA around the years 1790-1820 imported two new higher degree systems of Masonry. One was the York Rite, which followed English traditions. What was the other Rite called, which today is better known for working with children in hospital settings? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Another famous Freemason, Giuseppe Mazzini, organized a group of revolutionaries called "Young Italy" whose goal was to free Italy from the control of monarchy and the Pope. What is the acronym of the organization that stemmed from Mazzini now know as? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. What time, day or night, do Masons claim that their meetings symbolically take place? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. A new code of Canon Law (outlined on November 25th 1983) omitted membership of the Masons from the list of offenses that are cause for automatic excommunication. The Catholic Church, among others, has determined that membership of the Freemasons is a "grave sin". Because of this "grave sin" Masons are not allowed to do what? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Craft Masonry (the first three degrees of Masonry) is where the vast majority of Freemasons belong as members. To go to higher levels one must pass ceremonies that offer a spectrum of higher degrees called the royal arch. What is the name of the system of thirty degrees that offer such titles as perfect master, prince of Jerusalem, grand pontiff, and chief of the tabernacle called? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. There is no doubt colors are often symbolic of organizations and their beliefs, and this is certainly the case with Freemasonry. What is the color of the craft lodge typically associated to a Freemason's first three degrees? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The famous painting "The Creating of Adam" is said to contain a hidden message related to the "organization" of Freemasons. Who is the renowned artist whose work this is?

Answer: Michelangelo

It has been said that as you look at the hands of God and Adam as they approach each other, you will notice both figures hold their ring and middle fingers together allowing the pointer and pinky fingers to be spread further apart. This creates, on both figures, the letter "M" which is used to represent Masonry. Michelangelo's own signet ring is said to contain a carving of a piece from the Sistine Chapel. Remarkable; or just coincidence?
2. There is a two hour walking tour in a famous European city whose purpose is to retrace the historical significance of Freemasonry from its beginnings in the middle ages to the end of the 19th century. Where does this tour take place?

Answer: Brussels

This walking tour begins at the Grand'Place, before taking you past the Saint Michael & Saint Gudula's Cathedral, the Park of Brussels, the Place Royale, the Place du Musée, Mont des Arts and the Galleries Royales Saint-Hubert to the Place de la Monnaie and the Place des Martyrs.

Interesting enough, the guides who currently provide the tour, Louis Berkowicz and Jeannine Vanden Broeck, go out of their way to tell you that the secrecy of the CURRENT Freemason members and their rules will not be discussed.
3. Up to 2010, there have been 108 US Supreme Court Justices. Although sources do not agree on the precise number, about how many of them are known to have been Freemasons?

Answer: 34 - 40

A Masonic Service Association study in the 1940s claimed that a total of 34 US Supreme Court Justices had been members. Another study by Paul M. Bessel, using the MSA study plus other sources, suggested the figure to be 40.
4. What famous Boston-born statesman gave us the first printed evidence of Freemasonry, nearly 50 years before the USA became an independent nation?

Answer: Benjamin Franklin

At the time, Franklin was not himself yet a Freemason. It wasn't until February of 1731 that he supposedly became a member. After only a year and a half, Franklin became Master of his lodge, and during this time produced the oldest draft of the American Mason Lodge By-Laws. They are still in existence today.
5. Freemasonry in the USA around the years 1790-1820 imported two new higher degree systems of Masonry. One was the York Rite, which followed English traditions. What was the other Rite called, which today is better known for working with children in hospital settings?

Answer: Scottish Rite

Celtic Rite is a term typically used pertaining to the various rites used in Great Britain, Ireland, Brittany, and Northern Iberia, and in the monasteries which resulted from the Irish missions of St. Columbanus. Even though there were Christians in Ireland before Saint Patrick, we really don't know how they worshipped, and their existence is ignored by the "Catalogus Sanctorum Hiberniae".

The Ambrosian Rite is from Milan, Italy and is named after St. Ambrose.

Some say the name "York Rite" should be eliminated and the name English Rite substituted. But what constitutes a Rite? Americans are more likely to be found practicing an American system of the English Rite; not an American Rite as it is frequently and falsely represented and used today.
6. Another famous Freemason, Giuseppe Mazzini, organized a group of revolutionaries called "Young Italy" whose goal was to free Italy from the control of monarchy and the Pope. What is the acronym of the organization that stemmed from Mazzini now know as?

Answer: MAFIA

Mazzini's group "...supported themselves by robbing banks, looting or burning
businesses if protection money was not paid, and kidnapping for
ransom. Throughout Italy the word spread that "Mazzini autorizza
furti, incendi e attentati," meaning, 'Mazzini authorizes theft,
arson, and kidnapping.' This phrase was shortened to the acronym,
M.A.F.I.A. Organized crime was born." (John Daniel, "Scarlet and the
Beast," Vol. I., pages 330-331).

The 1960s TV show "Get Smart" featured Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, Barbara Feldon as Agent 99, and Edward Platt as the chief of CONTROL, a secret American government counter-espionage agency and KAOS was the international organization of evil formed in Bucharest, Romania.

RICO is an acronym for The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The MAFIA certainly were a target of the RICO Acts.
7. What time, day or night, do Masons claim that their meetings symbolically take place?

Answer: 12:00 noon

Although initiation rights can differ somewhat from lodge to lodge, Masonic ritual concurs that the sun, since it is a fixed object, "and the earth continually revolving about the same on its own axis, and Freemasonry being a universal science, diffused throughout the hole of the inhabited globe, it necessarily follows that the sun must always be at its meridian with respect to Freemasonry." Today, Freemasons claim always to meet symbolically at noon on the basis that Freemasonry is a worldwide organization and therefore 'the sun is always at its meridian with respect to Freemasonry'. Masonic reference to God as 'the most high' is therefore a description of Re, the sun god in his ultimate position, the zenith of the heavens at noon.

Funny though, that in the USA, Masonry initiations are generally held at night.
8. A new code of Canon Law (outlined on November 25th 1983) omitted membership of the Masons from the list of offenses that are cause for automatic excommunication. The Catholic Church, among others, has determined that membership of the Freemasons is a "grave sin". Because of this "grave sin" Masons are not allowed to do what?

Answer: take holy communion

"The Vatican, clarifying its position on membership in Masonic lodges, said that Catholics who join such organizations commit 'grave sin'. The new reminder, in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, appeared to be aimed mainly at Catholics in the United States, where some have interpreted recent church statements as relaxing the 247-year-old ban on Masonic membership imposed by Pope Clement XII.

A new code of Canon Law outlined on Nov. 25, 1983, omitted membership in the Masons in the list of offenses that incur automatic excommunication." - (UPI) Southern Baptists also agree with the new Canon Law codes.
9. Craft Masonry (the first three degrees of Masonry) is where the vast majority of Freemasons belong as members. To go to higher levels one must pass ceremonies that offer a spectrum of higher degrees called the royal arch. What is the name of the system of thirty degrees that offer such titles as perfect master, prince of Jerusalem, grand pontiff, and chief of the tabernacle called?

Answer: The Ancient and Accepted Rite of the Thirty-third Degree

The Ancient and Accepted Rite of the Thirty-Third Degree is the only cohesive masonic group run on truly international lines. "The 'Masters', who form the largest proportion of Freemasons, are in most cases quite unaware of the thirty superior degrees to which they will never be admitted, nor even hear mentioned. This is the real picture, with the three lowly [Craft] degrees governed by a Grand Lodge and the thirty higher degrees governed by a Supreme Council."

The Grand Orient of France is considered a very secretive society according to many Grand Lodges simply because of a major revision of the Constitution of Freemasonry. In 1877, they removed the requirement for belief in a Supreme Being and for belief in the immortality of the soul. This was done on the basis of Freemasonry's lack of status as a religion.

Members of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles the Mystic Shrine for North America (AASONM), or the "Shriners" are the wealthiest 'charity' in America. Its assets for 1984 were estimated by the internal Revenue Service at $1.979 billion. That's almost twice as much as the second richest charity, the American Red Cross, with assets of $1.07 billion, and four times as much as the American Cancer Society which takes third place, with $446.8 million in assets.

In 1740, the Grand Master of the Order of Malta caused the Bull of Pope Clement XII to be published on that island, and forbade the meetings of the Freemasons. On this occasion several Knights and many citizens left the island; and in 1741, the Inquisition persecuted the Freemasons at Malta.
10. There is no doubt colors are often symbolic of organizations and their beliefs, and this is certainly the case with Freemasonry. What is the color of the craft lodge typically associated to a Freemason's first three degrees?

Answer: blue

The term Blue Lodge is one that seems to be a North American colloquial term that many Freemasons wish would become extinct. Most Masons agree it the name comes from the color of the apron during initiations, although others suggest it is due to the blue-painted ceiling of the lodge. Blue Lodge Freemasonry relates to the first three degrees of Freemasonry. These three initial Blue Lodge degrees, which are extremely elaborate and highly ritualistic in their character, are solemn fearful events for the nervous candidate. They come within the general overall Masonic Lodge degree structure at the bottom of the ladder and are normally worked quite standard throughout the world.

The Royal arch degree is usually refered to as "Red Lodge" from the color of the trim on the aprons. A "Red Lodge", or "Red Apron Lodge" is the slang name for those few (mainly older) UGLE lodges that are designated Grand Stewards Lodges. Unlike other Masons, members of Grand Stewards Lodges have aprons trimmed in a maroon colour, rather than the usual light blue. They act as Stewards in Grand Lodge, where they also wear a Steward's Collar which is maroon in colour, to match the aprons.

As far as I know, there are no gold or green lodges.
Source: Author undudelike

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