Quiz about Religious Buildings in American History
Quiz about Religious Buildings in American History

Religious Buildings in American History Quiz


This quiz is about religious buildings in America that have historical significance. I hope you enjoy it!

A multiple-choice quiz by ReginTollefsen. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Time
6 mins
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389,356
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. Which religious structure is the second-oldest Quaker meeting house in the nation and whose history involves one of the first written demands for religious freedom in America? Hint

Flushing Quaker Meeting House, Flushing, NY
Nazareth Moravian Church, Nazareth PA
Third Haven Meeting House, Easton MD
Quaker Meeting House, Adams MA

2. Which Massachusetts church is the oldest church structure in America to have been used continuously for public worship? Hint

Old North Church, Boston MA
Kings Chapel, Boston MA
Old Whaling Church, Edgartown, MA
Old Ship Church, Hingham MA

3. Which synagogue is the oldest standing synagogue building in the US and North America, dating from the colonial era? Hint

Touro Synagogue, New Orleans LA
Touro Synagogue, Newport RI
Congregation Shearith Israel, New York NY
Congregation Mickve Israel, Savannah GA

4. Which church is known as America's National Church and has held presidential funerals and inauguration prayer services? Its exterior has carvings of 112 angels, 215 gargoyles, and one Darth Vader. Hint

Capitol City Church, Washington DC
National Presbyterian Church, Washington, DC
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC
National City Christian Church, Washington DC

5. This church is the site of the oldest cathedral in the US. Three Roman Catholic churches have stood on the site since 1718. It is one of the few churches to stand on a public square and this church has survived many calamities over the years including Hurricane Katrina. It is also said to be haunted. Hint

St. Louis Cathedral New Orleans, LA
Christ Church, New Orleans, LA
Old Ursaline Convent, New Orleans, LA
Basilica of St Louis King, St Louis MO

6. Which church is Boston's oldest surviving church building and figured prominently in the Revolutionary War? Hint

Old South Church, Boston MA
Old North Church, Boston MA
Trinity Church, Boston MA
Park Street Church, Boston MA

7. The establishment of this church in Florida in 1565 became the first catholic parish in America. Which one is it? Hint

St Mary's, Petersburg FL
Immaculate Conception, Jacksonville FL
St Amis Church, West Palm Beach FL
Cathedral Basilica, St Augustine FL

8. Which is the oldest church property in America continuously owned by African Americans? Hint

First Baptist Church, Providence, RI
First African Baptist Church, Savannah, GA
African Episcopal Church of St Thomas, Philadelphia, PA
Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia PA

9. Known as the "Nation's Church", its congregation included 15 signers of the US Declaration of Independence, as well as other leading figures of the Revolutionary War. It is also known as the birthplace of the American Episcopal church. Which church is this? Hint

Old North Church, Boston MA
Christ Church, Philadelphia PA
Freedom Church, Philadelphia, PA
Trinity CHurch, New York, NY

10. The proposed site of this Gothic New York cathedral was so far out of the city that it was referred to as Hughes' Folly. Which is it? Hint

Trinity Church NY NY
St Peters Cathedral of Holy Trinity, NY NY
St Patrick's Cathedral
Basilica of St Patrick Old Cathedral NY NY


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which religious structure is the second-oldest Quaker meeting house in the nation and whose history involves one of the first written demands for religious freedom in America?

Answer: Flushing Quaker Meeting House, Flushing, NY

The Quaker Flushing Meeting House was built in 1694 by John Bownes. It is a typical 17th century ecclesiastical structure of medieval design. The Quakers were persecuted by Governor Peter Stuyvesant and heads of the reformed Dutch Church, and Quakers were fined and/or banished.

The townspeople wrote the Flushing Remonstrance in 1657, one of the earliest demands for religious freedom in America. Holland replied to Governor Stuyvesant and established religious freedom in the colonies.
2. Which Massachusetts church is the oldest church structure in America to have been used continuously for public worship?

Answer: Old Ship Church, Hingham MA

Old Ship Church in Hingham MA is the oldest church structure in America and was built in 1681 in the Elizabethan Gothic Style. It was founded by the Puritans and was referred to as a meeting house as it was also used for public gatherings. It is speculated that the name Old Ship was inspired by the unusual roof structure that resembles a ship's hull, but the true reason for the name is unknown.
3. Which synagogue is the oldest standing synagogue building in the US and North America, dating from the colonial era?

Answer: Touro Synagogue, Newport RI

Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI was built in 1763, but the congregation began with 15 Spanish Jewish families in 1658. It remains an active Jewish Orthodox synagogue today. From the 1850s it was only occasionally opened for worship until 1883 when the arrival of Eastern European Jews revived the Jewish Community in Newport.

There has been an ongoing legal dispute over artifacts of the congregation with Shearith Israel Congregation in New York, NY.
4. Which church is known as America's National Church and has held presidential funerals and inauguration prayer services? Its exterior has carvings of 112 angels, 215 gargoyles, and one Darth Vader.

Answer: Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC

This Episcopalian Church is officially known as the Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, but is commonly known as Washington National Cathedral. Originally planned as "a great church for National purposes" by Pierre L'Enfant in his 1792 "Plan of the Federal City", Washington National Cathedral is in the Neo-Gothic style. Construction began in 1907 and the final finial was completed 83 years to the day in 1990. Decorative construction is still ongoing and the cathedral is the location of presidential funerals and inauguration prayer services.
5. This church is the site of the oldest cathedral in the US. Three Roman Catholic churches have stood on the site since 1718. It is one of the few churches to stand on a public square and this church has survived many calamities over the years including Hurricane Katrina. It is also said to be haunted.

Answer: St. Louis Cathedral New Orleans, LA

St Louis Cathedral in NOLA is the oldest cathedral in the US. Three Roman Catholic churches have stood on the site since 1718 and it is one of the few churches to stand on a public square. St Louis Cathedral is said to be haunted by several figures from its history and is included on New Orleans haunted history tours.
6. Which church is Boston's oldest surviving church building and figured prominently in the Revolutionary War?

Answer: Old North Church, Boston MA

The Old North Church was built in 1723 and is the oldest surviving church building in Boston. It is historically significant for many reasons, most famously for Paul Revere's midnight ride on the evening of April 18, 1775 when two lanterns were held as a sign that the British were coming across the Charles river by sea, and not by land.

This event signified the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The Old North Church has half a million visitors every year.
7. The establishment of this church in Florida in 1565 became the first catholic parish in America. Which one is it?

Answer: Cathedral Basilica, St Augustine FL

Cathedral Basilica in St Augustine FL was originally established in 1565. Several churches on the site were destroyed by fire over the centuries. The current structure was built in 1797 in a Spanish mission and neoclassical style, and was constructed of coquina, a locally quarried stone made of decomposed seashells because it was fire proof. St Augustine is the site of the first permanent Catholic parish in America and the growth of this church is considered an important part of Catholic history in the US.
8. Which is the oldest church property in America continuously owned by African Americans?

Answer: Mother Bethel AME Church, Philadelphia PA

Mother Bethel AME Church is the oldest independent Protestant denomination founded by people of color. AME Church grew out of the Free African Society (FAS). Reverend Richard Allen successfully sued the PA courts in 1807 and 1815 for the right of his congregation to exist separate and independently of the white Methodist congregation due to discrimination.
9. Known as the "Nation's Church", its congregation included 15 signers of the US Declaration of Independence, as well as other leading figures of the Revolutionary War. It is also known as the birthplace of the American Episcopal church. Which church is this?

Answer: Christ Church, Philadelphia PA

Christ Church in Philadelphia, Pa is know as the Nation's Church, having 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence among the congregation and is also the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church. Christ Church was founded in 1695 and the current structure is thought to be one of the finest example of Georgian architecture today.
10. The proposed site of this Gothic New York cathedral was so far out of the city that it was referred to as Hughes' Folly. Which is it?

Answer: St Patrick's Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral was built between 1858 and 1879. It was referred to as "Hughes' Folly" because Archbishop Hughes believed that the location (which was almost wilderness at the time) would one day be "the heart of the city" according to St Patrick's Cathedral website. St Patrick's can accommodate 3000 people and comprises an entire city block at Madison and 5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets.
Source: Author ReginTollefsen

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