Death Is Not the End: The Afterlife Quiz
by Staff
What happens when you die? Well, it depends on who you ask. Take our quiz to see how much you know about how different cultures and religions handle the mysteries of the afterlife.

Where did ancient Egyptians hope to end up after death?

  • Field of Gold
  • Field of Rushes
  • Field of Dreams

Who ruled over the underworld in ancient Egyptian culture?

  • Isis
  • Orion
  • Osiris

How many divine judges did the ancient Egyptians face in the underworld?

  • three
  • 42
  • 100

True or false: The supplies in Egyptian tombs were mostly offerings to the gods.

  • true
  • false

True or false: The Egyptians believed that the soul continued to exist after death.

  • true
  • false

How many people were mummified in Egypt?

  • 7 million
  • 70 million
  • 700 million

Where did the Mesopotamians believe the netherworld was located?

  • in the sky
  • just below the ground
  • at the center of Earth

How did the Mesopotamians picture the afterlife?

  • heaven
  • hell
  • similar to life on Earth

Who was the Greek god of the underworld?

  • Mercury
  • Zeus
  • Hades

True or false: Scientists have proven that the soul weighs 21 grams (0.7 ounce).

  • true
  • false

What happens to people who experience a Tibetan sky burial?

  • cremated
  • eaten by birds
  • buried at sea

Which of these religions in most closely associated with Purgatory?

  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Catholicism

How did Jesus ensure an afterlife for Christians?

  • willed it to be so
  • killed his first-born
  • died on the cross

What do Christians believe will occur during the second coming?

  • Everyone goes to heaven.
  • The dead will come back to life.
  • All souls will go to Purgatory.

True or false: One tenet of Judaism states that the soul leaves the body every time a person goes to sleep.

  • true
  • false

Where did ancient Jewish scholars believe that all souls went after death?

  • heaven
  • Sheol
  • Gan Eden

What is the modern term for "hell" in the Jewish religion?

  • Gehenna
  • Gan Eden
  • Sheol

Muslims believe that all dead will remain in the grave until the Day of Resurrection.

  • true
  • false

What is the Muslim equivalent of heaven?

  • Jannah
  • Hannah
  • Mannah

True or false: Your final resting place in Islamic culture depends on both actions and intentions.

  • true
  • false

What do Hindus call the spirit, or soul?

  • alterman
  • almen
  • atman

How many times can you be reborn in the Hindu religion?

  • zero
  • three
  • unlimited

True or false: The true goal of reincarnation for Hindus is to never stop being reborn for all eternity.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Karma from your past lives can affect your soul during reincarnation in the Hindu faith.

  • true
  • false

True or false: Suicide in the elderly or infirm can be viewed as holy to some people of the Hindu faith.

  • true
  • false

What stage do Buddhists hope to reach?

  • atman
  • nirvana
  • Jahannam

True or false: Buddhists believe that an individual's soul is permanent and unchanging.

  • true
  • false

How many forms of life are there according to people who practice Sikhism?

  • three
  • 12
  • 8.4 million

What do those of the Sikh faith call freedom from reincarnation?

  • samsara
  • mukti
  • moksha

How many Americans believe that they have had a near-death experience?

  • 80,000
  • 800,000
  • 8 million