QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
Christmas season comes to an end
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.” This week’s quiz covers Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) Nos. 268-285.
As we leave behind the Christmas season with the Baptism of the Lord (Jan. 13) and progress toward Lent (starts Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13), we remember that our faith is placed in the one Lord who lay in a manger and hung from a cross.
1. Only one of God’s attributes is mentioned in the Apostles’ Creed. Which is it?
A. His ubiquity
B. His omnipotence
C. His omniscience
D. His eternity
2. God is master of the universe because:
A. he knew about the Internet before its invention
B. he remembers all that has happened from the beginning of time
C. he established its order and it is subject to him and at his disposal
D. the universe is in essence his puppet and he controls the strings
3. God governs hearts and events in keeping with his will. Because of this we say he is:
A. adaptable to change
B. distant from the vagaries of daily life
C. potentially all things
D. master of history
4. One of the ways in which God reveals his fatherly omnipotence is through the filial adoption he gives us. What is meant by “filial adoption”?
A. he has adopted us as his sons and daughters
B. he has made Jesus his adopted Son and gives him to us as a Savior
C. our adoption is by virtue of the faithful adherence of Abraham and his posterity forever
D. our inheritance is manifested in material gain
5. What can most easily put to test our faith in God’s almightiness?
A. that heaven is unseen
B. the disparity in God’s gifts among men
C. our reliance on technology
D. the vastness of the universe
6. What is the most mysterious way in which God has revealed his almighty power?
A. by the great war in heaven among the angels
B. by Christ’s walking on water
C. by the voluntary humiliation and resurrection of his Son by which he conquered evil
D. by the spread of the Gospel
7. Which is the first reading at the Easter Vigil and at Byzantine vigils of the great feasts of the Lord?
A. the creation account
B. the fall of Adam and Eve
C. the great flood
D. the Passover
(There are many ideas of the origin of the world and of man’s purpose that are opposed to Christian teaching. The next three questions cover some of these false notions.)
8. The statements “everything is God,” “the world is God” and “the development of the world is the development of God” are various formulations of this false philosophical idea:
9. What two names are given to the idea that there are two eternal principles, good and evil, at work in the world in permanent conflict?
A. Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker
B. dualism and Manichaeism
C. evolution and revolution
D. Marxism and Hegelianism
10. The idea that there is no transcendent origin to the world and matter has simply always existed is known as:
Next week’s quiz covers catechism Nos. 286-311.
ANSWERS: 1. B, 2. C, 3. D, 4. A, 5. E (evil and suffering), 6. C, 7. A, 8. D, 9. B, 10. C