QUIZ: 'Nun of the Above'
By Peter Westhoff
The chair of Peter
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. 397-409.
February 22 is the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. We celebrate the authority of the Church with the direction and confidence it gives to us.
1. All sinful actions have these two elements:
A. ignorance and apathy
B. disobedience and lack of trust in God
C. a weak will and a strong desire
D. deception and an exaggerated ego
2. God tells Adam after his sin that he will return to the ground. What consequence of sin is God declaring?
A. having to work for a living
B. the alien and hostile nature of creation
C. the tensions between things above and things below
3. How does the Catechism of the Catholic Church describe the world subsequent to the original sin?
A. inundated with sin
B. teetering between virtue and vice
C. hopelessly lost
D. marginally unpleasant
4. Which of these does the Church’s practice of baptizing “tiny infants who have not committed personal sin” demonstrate?
A. the importance of ritual
B. the reality of original sin
C. that godparents have important duties
D. that children have an intuitive sense of the supernatural
5. Though its manner of transmission is a mystery, we do know this about original sin:
A. It is a state not an act in each individual.
B. It is committed not contracted by each individual.
C. It is Adam and Eve’s personal sin that we inherit.
D. It is more pronounced in men, hence the larger Adam’s apple.
6. Some of the Protestant leaders of the revolt considered man totally depraved. Such is not the case, nonetheless human nature, by virtue of original sin:
A. is unredeemable
B. is wounded in the natural powers proper to it
C. of itself is an obstacle to grace
D. makes societal living predictably decadent
7. Baptism erases original sin and turns man back to God, but it does not:
A. make us adopted children of God
B. confer sanctifying grace
C. take away the damaging consequences of original sin to our natures
D. confer an indelible mark on the soul
8. What did the heresy of Pelagianism deny?
A. the necessity of grace to lead a morally good life and to reach heaven
B. the existence of Adam and Eve
C. any good in man’s will
D. the reality of freedom and true human choice
9. Serious errors arise in important endeavors of man when he acts in ignorance of the fact that man has a wounded nature inclined to evil. Which of these does the Catechism of the Catholic Church not include as so affected by this ignorance:
C. social action
10. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, using a quote from John 5:19, “This dramatic situation of ‘the whole world (which) is in the power of the evil one’ makes man’s life a _____.”
Next week’s quiz covers catechism numbers 410-430.
ANSWERS: 1. B, 2. D, 3. A, 4. B, 5. A, 6. B, 7. C, 8. A, 9. E, 10. C