QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
God, ultimately, brings good even from evil
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. 312-342.
Our first question this week concludes the section of the catechism which taught us that God ultimately brings good even from moral evil. At the time of Jesus’ birth, there was the mandated slaughter of the Holy Innocents. A slaughter of much greater magnitude, also mandated, continues today. Through our faithful witness to the beauty and value of each person’s life, may our country’s moral conscience be raised.
1. The greatest moral evil ever was:
A. the sin of Adam
B. the betrayal of Judas
C. the denial of Peter
D. the rejection and murder of God’s only Son
2. The two chief creatures of God are angels and men. According to St. Augustine, what does the term “angel” tell us of these creatures?
A. their office
B. their nature
C. their origin
D. their perfection
3. St. Paul in Colossians 1:16 names four choirs of angels. Which of these choirs does he not mention?
4. Where would one find the “Cherubic Hymn” that celebrates the memory of the archangels we know by name and the guardian angels?
A. in the collect of Christmas Midnight Mass
B. in the Byzantine liturgy
C. in the rite for the dedication of a church
D. in the ceremony during which the college of cardinals form the conclave to elect the next pope
5. Where would we hear the words “In Paradisum deducant te angeli” (“May the angels lead you into heaven”)?
A. at a requiem Mass
B. at the Easter Vigil
C. in place of the Gloria during Lent
D. after the exchange of vows at a nuptial Mass
6. St. Basil says, “Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd.” What is St. Basil teaching?
A. that angels are in all places at all times
B. that angels will be present at the final judgment
C. that angels are pure spirits, with no body, and will never die
D. that some angels leave the presence of God to tend to man
7. Time began:
A. when the Son was begotten
B. when God first created
C. when a tree fell in a forest and someone was there to hear it
D. when hourly wages were introduced
8. “Each of the various creatures … reflects … a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.” What does the catechism conclude from this?
A. Man should accept plagues, such as hordes of grasshoppers, as God’s will and not combat them.
B. Fences, cages and other enclosures are immoral.
C. All God’s creatures have a place in the choir.
D. Man must avoid any disordered use of things which would be in contempt of God.
9. In No. 340 of the catechism, which of these is not expressed about the creatures of God?
A. They are interdependent.
B. They are all equal in value.
C. There is a great diversity among them.
D. No creature is self-sufficient.
10. Which two animals did Jesus mention to show man’s greater worth than other creatures?
A. camels and dogs
B. ox and fish
C. sparrows and sheep
D. donkeys and wolves
Next week’s quiz covers catechism Nos. 343-364.
ANSWERS: 1. D, 2. A, 3. C, 4. B, 5. A, 6. E (the existence of guardian angels), 7. B, 8. D, 9. B, 10. C