QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
Four theological terms and more
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.”
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Courage, child, your sins are forgiven” (Matt 9:2).
In order to better understand this section of the catechism, there are four terms that it would be helpful to know. So our quiz will start with the meanings of these terms.
1. The term “economy of salvation” refers to:
A. considering how the Sunday collection aids in holiness
B. how a parish priest balances the budget
C. conserving our energies in order to apply ourselves whole-heartedly to what is most important
D. God’s mysterious plan for the salvation of man
2. The term “patriarch” refers to:
A. Adam, the first in the human race
B. any Old Testament figure who was loyal to God’s covenant
C. an Old Testament founder of a family or tribe of Israel before Moses, especially Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
D. those who carried the Ark of the Covenant into battle
3. The term “polytheism” means:
A. the various approaches to understanding the nature of God
B. belief in many gods
C. the Trinitarian doctrine
D. God’s sovereignty over the multitude
4. The term “sensus fidelium” refers to:
A. an appeal to what pleases our senses in determining moral right and wrong
B. the counting of Catholics done every 10 years
C. the ability of the body of faithful Catholics to recognize what is authentic and true
D. a poll taken of the laity asking if they strongly approve, slightly approve, strongly oppose or slightly oppose the throwing of bird seed on a newly married couple
5. We see in Genesis that the unity mankind should have was fragmented by sin, but God gathered people into nations to lead them. How did man rebel against this providential care?
A. by subdividing their nation into states and counties
B. by not reading Scripture and so remained in ignorance
C. by idolatrous regard for the nation or the ruler
D. by trying to spread Judaism beyond their borders
6. Who was the one through whom God gathered the scattered humanity into the Chosen People?
7. Noah, Daniel and Job are examples of Old Testament gentiles who are recognized as saints by the Church:
A. through her canonization process
B. because of miracles worked through their intercession.
C. in her liturgical tradition
D. since they were all prophets
8. Eight holy women are named as ones who kept alive the hope of Israel’s salvation. Which pair among them has books of the Bible that bear their names?
A. Sarah and Rebecca
B. Rachel and Miriam
C. Deborah and Hannah
D. Judith and Esther
9. Why does St. John of the Cross say that Jesus is the “fullness of revelation”?
A. Because Jesus is the Father’s only word in whom he has said everything to us at once and so the Father can have nothing more to say.
B. Because Jesus was a “hidden revealment,” that is, he was God, but most regarded him as simply a man.
C. Because the time allotted from primeval days had reached its end at the coming of Jesus.
D. Because the Son of Man opened the gates of heaven where all revelation is contained within the Seven Scrolls.
10. Since divine revelation is complete, what can we say about private revelation; for example, an approved apparition?
A. It has no bearing on the salvation of man.
B. It has the role of helping the faithful to live divine revelation more fully.
C. It is never meant to be acted upon.
D. It cannot be part of official liturgical celebration.
Next week’s quiz covers CCC Nos. 74-100.
ANSWERS: 1. D, 2. C, 3. B, 4. C, 5. C, 6. E (Abraham), 7. C, 8. D, 9. A, 10. B
Answers: 1. C, 2. A, 3. D, 4. B, 5. D, 6. C, 7. A, 8. A, 9. D, 10. E (Adam and Eve)