Masonic Quiz Freemasonry StructureUS Freemasonry History
1. Why were you required to learn the Entered Apprentice lesson?2. How many times did you circumambulate (i.e. circle the altar) ?3. What Officer received you into a Fellow Craft Lodge?4. Which Officer prepared you to receive the obligation?5. Which Officer gave you the obligation?6. Which Officer explained the grip of a Fellow Craft to you?7. Who explained how to wear your apron as a Fellow Craft?8. How should the apron be worn?9. What are the three working tools of a Fellow Craft?10. After being reinvested, you were returned to the Lodge room and received the ―middle chamber‖ lecture. Which officer generally gives this lecture?11. What does the middle chamber lecture represent?12. To what does the number three refer to?13. To what does the number five refer to?
14. Of these, what are the three ancient and original orders of architecture?15. What country was responsible for inventing the other two orders?16. Of these, what are the three ancient and original orders of architecture?17. To what does the number 5 also allude?18. Which of these are most revered by Masons?19. To what does the number 7 allude? Name them20. Of these which is most esteemed by Masons?21. What story was told you at the outer door by the Sr. Deacon?22. What is the name of that pass? Whisper it23.Why was it adopted by the Fraternity to enter a FC lodge?24. Which officer was symbolically guarding the inner door to the middle chamber?25. Which officer symbolically presided in the ―middle chamber‖26. The Master gave you a short talk about the letter ―G‖. To what does that allude?27. Whom did the Master direct to record you as a Fellowcraft?
Beginnings of Freemasonry It is the world’s largest (6 million members) and oldest(Officially 300 + years old) fraternal organization. Webelieve in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhoodof man.
During the building of the temple of Solomon, a man from Tyre, Hiram Abiff, who oversaw its construction, was a Freemason. He was killed by three ruffians who unsuccessfully tried to get him to divulge the secret word of the Master Masons. Freemasonry was a fraternal society, which may have been practiced by the Knights Templars, who protected visitors to the Holy land in the 11th century. The Templars were eventually eliminated by the Church and fled to Scotland, it is believed. The origins and early development of Freemasonry are a matter of some debate and conjecture. A poem known as the "Regius Manuscript" has been dated to approximately 1390 and is the oldest known Masonic text. There is evidence to suggest that there were Masonic lodges in existence in Scotland as early as the late 16th century (for example the Lodge at Kilwinning, Scotland, has records that date to the late 16th century, and is mentioned in the Second Schaw Statutes (1599) which specified that "ye warden of ye lug of Kilwynning [...] tak tryall of ye airt of memorie and science yrof, of everie fellowe of craft and everie prenteiss according to ayr of yr vocations"). There are clear references to the existence of lodges in England by the mid-17th century.
Then, Freemasonry began to flourish after the reformation of 1519, most likely as a counter-reformation movement. This period was known as the “Age of Enlightenment”, where “reason” replaced blind faith in the Church, and where science began to be important and learning expanded tremendously. The Grand Lodge of England was formed in 1717 when four London lodges came together at the Goose and Gridiron Ale House, St Pauls Churchyard and formed themselves into a Grand Lodge for the purposes of an annual dinner.[2 Many theories abound from Adam to the Knights Templar for the origin of Freemasonry. However, concrete evidence is often lacking. Many feel the most plausible theory is that Freemasonry started with the operative masons in the 14th and 15th century and continued to develop with the speculative masons after the decline of cathedral building in Europe in the 18th century.
Founding of Grand Lodge of England – June 24, 1717
Freemasonry OrganizationalStructure Blue Lodge – First Three Degrees 1° Entered Apprentice 2° Fellow Craft 3° Master Mason
SCOTTISH RITE LODGE OF PERFECTION 4° Secret Master 5° Perfect Master 6° Intimate Secretary 7° Provost and Judge 8° Intendant of the Building 9° Elected Knight of the Nine 10° Illustrious Elect of the Fifteen 11° Sublime Knight Elect of the Twelve 12° Master Architect 13° Royal Arch of Solomon 14° Grand Elect, Perfect and Sublime Mason CHAPTER OF ROSE CROIX 15° Knight of the East or Sword 16° Prince of Jerusalem 17° Knight of the East and West 18° Knight Rose Croix
COUNCIL OF KADOSH19° Grand Pontiff20° Master of the Symbolic Lodge21° Prussian Knight22° Knight Royal Axe, Prince of Libanus23° Chief of the Tabernacle24° Prince of the Tabernacle25° Knight of the Brazen Serpent26° Prince of Mercy27° Knight Commander of the Temple28° Knight of the Sun29° Scottish Knight of St. Andrew30° Knight of KadoshCONSISTORY31° Inspector Inquisitor32° Master of the Royal Secret33° Inspector General Honorary
YORK RITE Mark Master Past Master Most Excellent Master The Royal Arch Royal Master Select Master Super Excellent Master Illustrious Order of the Red Cross Order of Malta Order of the Temple
Freemasonry and it’s influence onUnited States History Due to the fact that many founders were Freemasons and the Masonic principles they believed in formed the basis of the Union, Masons feel that ―The United States was, and still is, the ―Great Masonic Experiment‖.
Washington, George – Master of Grand Lodge of Maryland – Washington wasinitiated, in 1752, in the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Virginia Lodge. He was theperfect leader at the perfect time for this country.
Benjamin Franklin – American printer , Entrepreneur, Inventor, & Statesman— hepublished the first book in the colonies, Andersons Constitutions of 1723 — author,postmaster, statesman, scientist and philosopher, Franklin was instrumental in theformation of the United States. Initiated: February 1730 and active in Masonry his entire life.
George Washington i. 11/4/1752 Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4, VirginiaJames Monroe i. 11/9/1775 Williamsburg Lodge No. 6, VirginiaAndrew Jackson Harmony Lodge No. 1 (?); Grand Master 1822-24, TennesseeJames Knox Polk r. 9/4/1820 Columbia Lodge No. 31, TennesseeJames Buchanan r. 1/24/1817 Lodge No. 43, PennsylvaniaAndrew Johnson i. 1851, Greenville Lodge No. 119, TennesseeJames A. Garfield r. 11/22/1864, Magnolia Lodge No. 20, OhioWilliam McKinley r. 4/3/1865, Hiram Lodge No. 21, VirginiaTheodore Roosevelt r. 4/24/1901, Matinecock Lodge No. 806, Oyster Bay
William Howard Taft Mason at sight 2/18/1909. affiliated Kilwinning Lodge 356, OhioWarren G. Harding r. 8/13/1920, Marion Lodge No. 70, OhioFranklin Delano Roosevelt r. 1911/11/28, Holland Lodge No. 8 New YorkHarry S Truman - 33 Degree i. 02/09/1909, r. 03/18/1909, Belton Lodge No. 450Lyndon Baines Johnson, i. October 30, 1937, Johnson City LodgeEA only No. 561, TexasGerald Ford r. May 18, 1951, Columbia Lodge No. 3
Francis Scott Key – As an envoy aboard a British man-of-war shelling FortMcHenry, where he was negotiating the release of an American prisoner, he wrote thewords to a poem titled “Defence of Ft. McHenry “on the back of a letter in his pocket.These words later became the Star Spangled Banner. Immediately popular, it remainedjust one of several patriotic airs until it was finally adopted as our National Anthem onMarch 3, 1931.
―I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to The Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.‖Francis J. Bellamy - The Baptist Minister who created Americas Pledge ofAllegiance . The pledge starts every meeting at NL 40
Bartholdi, Frederic A. - French sculptor best known for his figure of LibertyEnlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty, in New York Harbour. In October1886, the structure was presented to the nation as the joint gift of the French andAmerican people.
The Washington Monument was created as a monument to George Washington for his leadership in helping to create a new form of government espousing equal treatment under the law for the United States. Designed by Robert Mills, a Freemason. The original design is shown on the left. The monument took many years to build.
James Hoban - Irish-born American architect who designed and supervised theconstruction (1793-1801) and renovation (1815-1829) of the White House inWashington, DC. Hoban laid the cornerstone of the White House with fullMasonic ceremonies on October 12, 1792. Under his leadership Federal LodgeNo. 1 was organized and Hoban became the first Master. He was active inMasonry until his death on December 8, 1831.
Major North AmericanBusinesses founded byFreemasons
Horton, Tim. Canadian ice hockey legend. Founder of the donut chain bearinghis name. Kroy Lodge No. 676, Toronto, Ontario.
Molson, John. Founder of Molson Breweries. St. Pauls Lodge, No. 374UGLE, Montreal. Past Provincial Grand Master.
Henry Ford - Invented the first gasoline powered automobile in 1893, foundedFord Motor Company in 1903 and mass-produced the first widely available andaffordable car. Palestine Lodge No. 357, Detroit MI.
Walter P Chrysler. American automobile manufacturer. 32 degreeAASR, Salina, Kansas. Member of Isis Shrine Temple at Salina, Kansas.
Colonel Harland Sanders - Southern Fried chicken, his Kentucky FriedChicken outlets are still popular and growing. Started his business at age65 with his first Social Security check.
Thomas, Dave. Orphan and Founder of Wendys Restaurants., No. 2 fast foodrestaurant behind McDonalds in the US. Appeared in over 800 commercials.Worked and invested with Col. Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken to establishhis business.Sol D. Bayless Lodge No. 359, Fort Wayne IN. 33 deg. AASR. Grand Cross.
King Camp Gillette. American manufacturer and inventor of the safety razor.Raised June, 1901, Adelphi Lodge, Massachusetts.
Mayer, Louis B. – Major film producer who merged to form Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
Darryl F. Zanuck - Co-founder of 20th Century Productions in 1933, his movieproductions made his studio legendary. The memorial by his family notes hisMasonic affiliation above all other accomplishments.Famous quote - In 1946 Zanuck said "(Television) wont be able to hold on to anymarket it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staringat a plywood box every night.― - Opps!!
Walt Disney - As a teenager, Walt Disney was a member of the Order ofDeMolay. Disney credited DeMolay with getting him started on the right track inlife.
Joseph Smith - Founder of the Mormon Church. In March 1842, Smith wasinitiated as a Freemason (as an Entered Apprentice Mason on March 15, andMaster Mason the next day). Brigham Young, the 2nd prophet of Mormonism afterJoseph Smith, was also a Mason. Brigham Young founded the Mormon church inUtah.
Melvin Jones. Founder of the service club, Lions Clubs International, on June7, 1917, Melvin Jones believed that "You cant get very far until you start doingsomething for somebody else." Initiated Garden City Lodge No. 141, Illinois
In 1901, Dunant was awarded the first-ever Nobel Peace Prize for his role in founding the International Red Cross Movement and initiating the Geneva Convention.Jean-Henri Dunant. Founder of the Red Cross, a founder of the Young MensChristian Association, and co-winner of the first Nobel Prize for Peace in 1901.
Daniel Carter Beard. Founded the Boy Scout movement in United States ofAmerica in 1910. Mariners Lodge No. 67, New York City.Freemasons in the U.S. offer the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award forMasons who are involved with Scouting.
The Shrine – An appendant body to Freemasonry. Best known for theShriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners International describes itself as afraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles ofbrotherly love, relief and truth. There are approximately 340,000 membersfrom 194 chapters.
Dr. James Naismith - Born in Ontario and educated at McGill University, Dr.James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 14 days in a YMCAgymnasium in Springfield, Mass., to occupy unruly boys. He also developedbasketballs original 13 rules.
WINSTON CHURCHILL: Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, British statesman, authorand Conservative Prime Minister (1940-45, 1951-55), rallied the British people during WorldWar II. Initiated: May 24, 1901, Passed: July 19, 1901Raised: March 5, 1902, Studholme Lodge, London, later Studholme Alliance Lodge No. 1591(1976) . One of the greatest men of our time and a great friend of the United States.
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: was born in Salzburg in 1756, He showed early geniusboth as a keyboard-player and violinist, and soon turned his hand to composition. When his fatherreceived his Masonic Fellowcraft Degree, Wolfgang wrote "Fellow Crafts Journey (Op. K468) tohonour the occasion. For lodge Zur Wohltatigkeit he wrote "Opening Ode" (Op. K483) and ClosingOde (Op. K484) His last Masonic work (Op. K623) was written for the dedication of a Masonictemple in Vienna on November 15, 1791.Initiated: December 14, 1784, lodge Zur Wohltatigkeit, Passed: January 7, 1785, Lodge Zur WahrenEintracht
King Hussein of Jordan. Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Jordan.
SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE: Best known for his writing of fifty-six shortstories and three novels with Sherlock Holmes as the principal character, Dr.Doyle practiced medicine until 1891. He was knighted on August 9, 1902 for hiswork with Langmans Field Hospital in South Africa. Initiated: January 26, 1887,Passed: February 23, 1887, Raised: March 23, 1887, Phoenix Lodge 257, SouthseaHampshire,
VOLTAIRE: Born François Marie Arouet in Paris, Voltaire was the embodiment ofeighteenth century Enlightenment. Author of Lettres philosophiques 1734, Candide 1759and the Dictionnaire philosophique 1764, his ideas were an important influence on theintellectual climate leading to the French Revolution. "I die adoring God, loving myfriends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition." Initiated: April 7, 1778, Logedes Neuf Soeurs, Paris, France
Simon Bolivar. South American patriot. Member of York Rite and Scottish Riteand founded Order and Liberty Lodge No. 2 in Peru.
"There is no doubt in my mind that Masonry is "We represent a fraternity which believes in the cornerstone of America." justice and truth and honorable action in Dave Thomas your community...men who are endeavoring Founder of Wendys International to be better citizens...[and] to make a great country greater. This is the only institution in "To me, Freemasonry is one form of dedication the world where we can meet on the level all to God and service to humanity." sorts of people who want to live rightly." Norman Vincent Peale Harry S. Truman Minister and Author President of the United States "Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplifting of man." Douglas MacArthur General of the Army "The Masonic Fraternity is one of the most helpful mediating and conserving organizations among men, and I have never wavered from that childhood impression, but it has stood steadfastly with me through the busy, vast hurrying years." George W. Truett Southern Baptist Leader ―The future of Freemasonry is up to you!‖