QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
On farmers and farming
A quiz on Catholic things under the patronage of the “Doctor of Prayer,” St. Teresa of Avila. For each question there is one right answer. Each quiz will have one question that is answered with “E” for NOTA, which stands for “None of the Above.”
The feast of St. Isidore, patron of farmers, was May 15, so our thoughts will turn agrarian. May God bless all farmers—and may he extend extra blessings on my relatives and friends farming in Colorado.
1. What are rogation days?
A. Days to ask God’s protection from calamities and his blessings on the planting of fields
B. Days for rouging the wheat, especially removing wild rye
C. Processions held in honor of St. Isidore to invoke his intercession from storms
D. Invocations to a litany of saints during times of drought, asking for moisture
2. Who plowed St. Isidore’s fields for him so that he could attend daily Mass and still get his work done?
A. Angels with white oxen
B. Monks from a nearby monastery after they had prayed vespers
C. His neighbors who benefited from his prayers
D. Piers the Plowman
3. Who provided the hosts for World Youth Day 1993 in Cherry Creek State Park in Denver?
A. They were made in Canada, a gift of cloistered nuns
B. Pope John Paul II brought them from Rome
C. All parishes in the Denver Archdiocese collaborated to provide the hosts
D. The previous host country, Poland, sent the hosts
4. What did the seven lean cows of Joseph’s dream indicate?
A. Seven days of fasting
B. Seven months of vegetarian meals
C. Seven years of famine
D. Seven nights of bloody sacrifice
5. Why were the Pharisees upset that Christ and his Apostles were picking the heads of grain and eating the grain?
A. The crop was not ready for harvesting
B. They were worried about lower yields
C. It made them unclean for the Passover
D. They said their action broke the Sabbath
6. In the Parable of the Sower, what do the thorns represent?
B. Cares and concerns of the world
C. Hidden treasures
D. The temptation to leave farming for a factory job
7. In the Book of Ruth, Ruth goes to a field to glean. What would she have been doing once in the field?
A. Raking soil over scattered seed
B. Watering a planted field
C. Picking up grain from a field already harvested
D. Burning the stubble after the reapers had gone
8. Which of these is the title of a painting by Jean-Francois Millet that shows a man and a woman praying together in a field?
C. “Love’s Labour’s Lost”
D. “Farm Living”
9. What one of two things might the “Unprofitable Servant” (Luke 17:7) have been doing in the field?
A. Plowing or tending sheep
B. Sowing or reaping
C. Buying or selling grain
D. Running an olive or wine press
10. Complete this statement of Our Lord from Matthew 9:37: “The harvest is rich but…”:
A. the granaries are full
B. the laborers are few
C. the mules are ill
D. the farmers are poor
Answers: 1. A, 2. A, 3. E (Dorothy Kopetzky of Wiggins, Colo., gathered donated wheat from area farmers and arranged for the milling of the grain into flour and the making of the hosts.) 4. C, 5. D, 6. B, 7. C, 8. B, 9. A, 10. B