QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
A quiz on the nature of man and of God
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.”
Many saints are celebrated in the middle of October, including Nun of the Above’s patroness, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Luke the Evangelist and the North American Martyrs. They are great examples of those who have kept the faith through the ages in distant lands and in our homeland. Today’s questions cover the nature of man, the nature of God, proofs for God’s existence and Divine Revelation (Catechism of the Catholic Church Nos. 33-55).
If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say this to a mulberry tree, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it would obey you” (Luke 17:6).
1. Among other things, man’s openness to truth, his sense of moral goodness and his longing for happiness are all signs that man has:
A. a quest for recognition
B. physical limitations
C. a spiritual soul
D. a guardian angel
2. Man finds neither his first principle (his origin) nor his final end (his ultimate purpose) within himself, but rather in that he participates in:
A. being itself, which has neither beginning nor end
B. the shared humanity of all people
C. the cosmos and its ancillary components
D. free elections and extra-curricular activities
3. Which of these is not contained in this statement: “God is Being itself (self-existent existence, without beginning or end and is the first principle and final end of all things)”?
A. God is eternal
B. God is the ultimate cause of all things that exist
C. Union with God is all that can fulfill man’s desire for happiness
D. God has made man in his own image and likeness.
4. The proofs for God’s existence:
A. can be accepted only by an act of faith.
B. can predispose one to faith in divine revelation
C. go beyond the powers and capabilities of the human intellect
D. will convince everyone who hears them
5. Though God’s existence can be known with certainty through man’s reasoning about the created world, his disordered appetites, the result of original sin, can make it difficult to reason to a personal God who providentially guides the world and to reason to those moral truths known as:
A. the infused virtues
B. the codex Juris Canonici
C. the precepts of the Church
D. the natural law
6. In speaking about God, this would be a starting point applicable to all:
A. the Old Testament
B. the New Testament
C. the perfections of creatures
D. heaven and hell
7. St. Thomas Aquinas says that we cannot grasp what God is, but only what he is not. Which of these is an example of this?
A. God is eternal = God has no beginning
B. God is patient = God will keep offering us grace
C. God is omniscient = God knows the future
D. God is ubiquitous = God dwells within the heart of man
8. Man can come to know God with certainty through natural reason, but there is another order of knowledge that man cannot acquire by reason:
A. divine revelation
C. comparative religious studies
D. the fine arts
9. God has communicated himself to us in salvation history through his divine plan, or divine pedagogy. How has he done this?
A. He used his power to shock and awe.
B. He made himself known privately to each person.
C. He manifested everything through prophets.
D. He revealed himself gradually, with the culmination found in Jesus Christ.
10. The catechism tells us that God provides constant evidence of himself in created realities, but he also invited “our first parents” to intimate communication with himself and clothed them with grace. Who is being referred to as “our first parents”?
A. Noah and his wife
B. Abraham and Sarah
C. Mary and Joseph
D. It is a generic reference to each person’s parents
Next week’s quiz covers No. 56-73
Answers: 1. C, 2. A, 3. D, 4. B, 5. D, 6. C, 7. A, 8. A, 9. D, 10. E (Adam and Eve)