QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
The relationship between man and woman
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. 365-384.
Having just lived through the hype and excess of Super Bowl Sunday, we can now consider more important things such as our immortal soul and the relationship between man and woman.
1. In philosophy all earthly things are said to have matter and form; for example, Michelangelo’s Pieta has marble as its matter and the representation of Mary holding her Son after the crucifixion as its form. A rose has petals, thorns, etc., as its matter and “roseness” as its form. What are the matter and form of a human person?
A. skin and skeleton
B. brain and conscience
C. body and soul
D. flesh & blood and sensation
2. Which of these is not true of the human soul?
A. It is immortal.
B. It will be reunited with the body at the final resurrection.
C. It comes to be through the actions of the parents.
D. It is created immediately by God.
3. Man and woman are equal:
A. only when they become man and wife
B. but incompatible
C. in their love of shopping
D. so why are there beauty pageants?
4. Who is more perfectly made in the image and likeness of God: man or woman?
A. man: he can be a father
B. woman: she is more compassionate
C. neither: each reflects something of God’s infinite perfection
D. sometimes man, sometimes woman: whoever gets the triple word score in Scrabble
5. What did Adam cry out in wonder, love and communion when he saw Eve?
A. “This at last is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh.”
B. “My helpmate! My beloved!”
C. “I have lost a rib but gained a wife.”
D. “Oh sleep, that knits up the raveled sleeve of care, what have you wrought?”
6. Man and woman can be helpmates to each other because masculinity and femininity are:
A. not mutually exclusive
B. polar opposites
C. recessive traits
7. Adam and Eve were told to subdue the earth, and this command is likewise given to us. What does it mean?
A. We have the unalienable right to destructive domination.
B. We share in God’s providence in caring for the planet.
C. Specifically, we are to tame wild beasts and develop domesticated animals.
D. “Subdue” is the equivalent of “cultivate,” so it is a horticultural command.
8. Which of these was part of the “state of original justice” of Adam and Eve?
A. They were in harmony with all of creation.
B. They could stand as judges of others.
C. They were unrestricted free agents of the Garden of Eden.
D. Their only law was the natural law.
9. Adam and Eve were also in a “state of original holiness.” What does this mean?
A. They had the beatific vision.
B. They shared in the divine life.
C. Their wills were impeccable.
D. They enjoyed irresistible grace while avoiding total depravity.
10. The original state of Adam and Eve was lost by sin and they became subjugated to the pleasures of the senses, covetousness for earthly goods and self assertion and contrary to the dictates of reason. This disorder in man is known as:
A. original sin
B. bad karma
C. post-Eden syndrome
ANSWERS: 1. C, 2. C, 3. E (They are equal as human persons.), 4. C, 5. A, 6. D, 7. B, 8. A, 9. B, 10. D.