QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
Creation and the Creator
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. 286-311.
We consider particularly the catechesis on creation and our faith in the Creator.
1. The catechism states, “The existence of God the creator can be known with certainty through his works, by the light of human reason, even if this knowledge is often obscured and disfigured by error.” Which of these Scriptural quotes best summarizes the above?
A. The fool says in his heart there is no God.
B. For strange are the works of the Lord, hidden from men his deeds.
C. There will always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create.
D. Have we not all the one Father? Has not the one God created us?
2. The revelation of creation is seen as inseparable from God…
A. punishing man for his sins.
B. existing in the fifth essence.
C. establishing his covenant with his people.
D. giving the angels rule over the planets.
3. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” What do “heavens and earth” signify?
A. angels and men
B. the totality of what exists
C. time and eternity
D. salvation and the means to attain it
4. The world was created for the glory of God. St. Bonaventure explains how the world gives glory to God:
A. It increases his power and perfects his being.
B. It becomes his footstool and establishes his dominion.
C. God communicates his glory to his creation through which his glory is shown forth.
D. The glory of God could not exist without creatures to acknowledge it.
5. The world exists…
A. only in the imagination of God.
B. by blind fate.
C. by God drawing it forth from pre-existing matter.
D. by emanating necessarily from the Divine Essence.
6. The CCC states, “The world was created in a state of journeying.” What does this mean?
A. The waywardness of the world will lead to its final destruction.
B. God has destined the world for a perfection yet unattained.
C. Evolutionary forces are at play, shaping and guiding the world toward the omega point.
D. As the earth hurtles through space, it is a linear progression rather than a redundant circular motion.
7. What do we call God’s guidance of his creation toward perfection?
A. Divine Providence
B. Historical Progression
C. The Invisible Hand
8. Which of these is not true of man’s role in Divine Providence?
A. He is often an unconscious collaborator in carrying out God’s will.
B. He can freely enter into God’s plan through his prayer and suffering.
C. Through free will, he becomes the primary cause of the plan.
D. Man can become God’s fellow worker for his kingdom.
9. How is the question of evil in the world answered?
A. by a full understanding of human and divine will
B. only the Christian faith in its entirety can answer this question
C. by seeing evil as a privation of a due good
D. through the juxtaposition of our experiences of virtue and vice
10. God permits moral evil for two reasons:
A. to show our dependency on God and to manifest his mercy
B. out of respect for the freedom of his creatures and to derive some ultimate good from it
C. to increase the length of confessional lines and make Lent relevant
D. so that Purgatory maintains a healthy population and so there might be rejoicing over each repentant sinner
ANSWERS: 1. A, 2. C, 3. B, 4. C, 5. E (By God having willed its existence out of nothing), 6. B, 7. A, 8. C, 9. B, 10. B