QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
May the holy season of Lent purify us
AA 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. 385-396.
Today begins the holy season of Lent, during which we strive to remove whatever obstacles keep us from being the holy people we are called to be.
1. Which of these could be used as a definition for sin?
A. a consequence of a flawed environment or social structure
B. a psychological weakness
C. a mistake
D. acting outside one’s value system
2. What are we abusing whenever we sin?
A. our true personality
D. the ordinary magesterium
3. The reality of sin can only be grasped in the light of:
A. Adam and Eve’s special gifts
B. Christ’s death and resurrection
C. the tempter’s guile
D. Mary’s sinlessness
4. How is “original sin” regarded by the Church?
A. as an essential truth
B. as an outdated notion
C. as a poetic description of man’s condition
D. as a flawed concept unworthy of belief
5. Which of these is a true statement about Satan and all other demons?
A. They are mythological.
B. They can coerce the human will through their superior power.
C. At the end of time they will be given a chance to repent.
D. They were created naturally good.
6. Jesus says in John 8:44 that the devil is the father of:
C. the gates of hell
7. In the same verse Jesus says that the devil was a ___ from the beginning.
8. Evaluate this statement: “God permits diabolical activity.”
A. It is true.
B. It is false.
C. It is a category mistake.
D. It cannot be evaluated.
9. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil symbolizes this:
A. that all fruit is not created equal
B. eating an apple a day is not sound advice
C. the insurmountable limits man must recognize and respect
D. that only God can make a tree
10. In the book “Perelandra” by C. S. Lewis, what is the equivalent prohibition on Venus to the forbidden fruit?
A. looking at oneself in the still water
B. taking fire into the long tunnel
C. climbing to the top of the shrouded mountain
D. sleeping on the fixed land
Next week’s quiz covers catechism Nos. 397-409.
ANSWERS: 1. E (Sin is the rejection of God and opposition to him by deliberate transgression of his law.) 2. C, 3. B, 4. A, 5. D, 6. A, 7. B, 8. A, 9. C, 10. D