QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
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.”
As we mark Thanksgiving this week, we give thanks for our faith in the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church—the bride of Our Lord and Our Mother.
1. Who most perfectly embodies the obedience of faith?
A. all the faithful in the Mystical Body
B. all the bishops in union with the pope
C. the Old Testament prophets who believed without seeing
D. Mary, the Mother of God
2. Belief in God is a personal adherence to him and
A. keeping an open mind
B. acceptance of all he has revealed
D. repentance of all transgressions
3. For Christians faith includes belief in Jesus Christ because
A. He is God.
B. He died on a cross.
C. He spoke in parables.
D. He cured and forgave.
4. We also believe in the Holy Spirit because
A. He came as tongues of fire at Pentecost.
B. He appeared as a dove at Jesus’ baptism.
C. He is God.
D. He is connected with our salvation.
5. Which of these statements is not true about faith?
A. Faith is a gift of God.
B. Faith is an act of the intellect.
C. Faith is contrary to reason.
D. Faith is a grace.
6. That our act of faith may be in accord with human reason, God has given us external signs such as miracles, fulfilled prophecies and the growth and holiness of the Church. What name is given to these external signs?
A. motives of credibility
B. promptings to assent
C. evidence of the divine
D. kindling for the fire of faith
7. Though faith is certain, one may have difficulties. Of this John Henry Cardinal Newman said “Ten thousand difficulties do not make…”
A. one bit of difference
B. one act of apostasy
C. one obstacle
D. one for the ages
8. Greater knowledge leads to “greater faith set afire by love.” As a contemporary song based on Ephesians 1:18 says, “Open the eyes of _____, Lord.”
A. our minds
B. my heart
C. the blind
D. your lambs
9. What can we conclude from the following? “Methodical research carried out in a truly scientific manner and in compliance with the moral law will never conflict with what the Catholic Church teaches.”
A. Science and faith have no common ground.
B. True faith and sound reasoning will always be in harmony.
C. Science is rational; faith is not.
D. Science fiction is the next best thing to faith
10. In Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice,” Shylock, a Jew, is ordered by a judge to be baptized a Christian. What would the Church say about this in real life?
A. Elevate that judge to the Supreme Court.
B. Welcome, Shylock.
C. The judge’s action demonstrates the quality of mercy.
D. The attempt to baptize Shylock against his will constitutes an invalid baptism.
Next week’s quiz covers CCC Nos. 161-197.
ANSWERS: 1. D, 2. B, 3. A, 4. C, 5. C, 6. A, 7. E (one doubt), 8. B, 9. B, 10. D