Use this self-quiz to see how much you, your students, and
your students’ families know about your Catholic faith. You can find the
correct answers at the end of the quiz. Do some research to learn more about
the topics that especially interest you.
1. John the Baptist
urged people to “___ , for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1-2).
a) follow Jesus b)
get baptized c) repent d) eat grasshoppers
2. The word crucifix comes from the Latin word for
a) crucible b)
cross c) execute d) crucify
3. The new Mass
translation includes the words “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts.” The word hosts in this line literally means
a) consecrated Eucharistic bread b) those who throw parties c) power and might d) angelic armies
4. Pope for only five
years before he died, ____ gathered all the world’s bishops in Rome and began
the Second Vatican Council in 1962 with a call to “open wide the windows of the
a) Pope John XXIII b) Pope Paul VI c) Pope John Paul II d) Pope Benedict XVI
5. The two main parts
of the Mass are the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the
a) Eucharist b)
Hours c) People d) New Roman Missal
6. Jesus said that
“for God ___ are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
a) miracles b) better times
c) most things d) all things
7. According to the
Book of ___ , the mark of the beast is the number 666.
a) Job b)
Revelation c) Daniel d) Sudoku
8. The Catechism of the Catholic Church
describes pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust as
a) psychological disorders
b) typical behavior for most people
c) capital sins d) bad strategies
for making friends
9. Jesus taught the
___ as part of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-12; Sermon on the Plain,
a) Beatitudes b)
Parable of the Prodigal Son c) Golden
Rule d) Parable of the Good Samaritan
10. In Revelation
1:8, Jesus Christ calls himself “the Alpha and the Omega.” This means that
a) is a member of a Greek fraternity b) is like a star in the galaxy c) is the beginning and the end d) likes to speak cryptically
11. The Paschal
Mystery refers to Jesus’ blessed Passion, ___, and Ascension.
a) preaching b)
faithfulness c) prayerfulness d) Resurrection
12. ___ is the gift
of the Holy Spirit whereby the pope is preserved from error when proclaiming a
doctrine related to Christian faith or morals.
a) Discernment b)
Infallibility c) Prayerfulness d) Holiness
13. The Holy Spirit is also called the
a) Paraclete b) bird
c) Morning Star d) Redeemer
14. ___ was born in 1869 in Sudan and was kidnapped
and sold into slavery at age nine.
a) St. Monica b) St.
Josephine Bakhita c) St. Rose of
Lima d) St. Angela Merici
15. “Rich and poor have a common bond; the Lord is the ___ of them all” (Proverbs
a) maker b) ruler
c) guardian d) boss
16. The ___ is called the “quintessential
prayer of the Church.”
a) Glory Be b) Memorial Acclamation c) Our Father
d) Great Amen
17. Tradition has given us ___ as the name of
the Good Thief.
a) Dismas b)
Doomas c) Dominic d) Francis
which means “God-bearer,” is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
19. The Sunday readings are arranged in a
___-year cycle while the weekday readings are arranged in a two-year cycle.
a) five b) four
c) three d) one
20. ___ signify the
presence of the Holy Spirit at Jesus’ Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark
9:2-10) and his Ascension (Acts 1:6-11).
a) Tongues of fire b.
Doves c. Heavy winds d. Clouds
O’Brien (M.Div., University of Notre Dame) serves as Adult Education and Lay
Ministry Formation Director for the Archdiocese of Mobile. He is an adjunct
faculty member at Spring Hill College in the theology department as well as a
columnist for The Catholic Week (mobilearchdiocese.org/catholicweek/cw.cfm).
1. c) Jesus also preached repentance: “Repent, and believe
in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
2. b) The term crucifix comes from the Latin crucifixio
which means “to bind fast or fix to a cross (crux).” Roman authorities used
crucifixion, their preferred form of capital punishment, to discourage
rebellion against the Roman Empire.
3. d) The
term Lord God of hosts (Jehovah Sabaoth) is found over 200 times in the Old Testament and refers to the
angelic armies that protected the Israelites.
4. a) Pope John XXIII helped shift the Church’s approach to
modern scientific inquiry, democracy, and the separation of Church and state
from suspicion and resistance to openness and engagement.
5. a) The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the
Eucharist form one single act of worship. “[T]he Eucharistic table set for us
is the table both of the Word of God and of the Body of the Lord” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1346).
6. d) Saint Paul (Philippians 4:13) echoes Jesus’ words as
does the angel’s response to Mary at the Annunciation (Luke 1:37).
7. b) Scholars believe that 666 (see Revelation 13:18)
refers to the Emperor Nero who persecuted Christians and blamed them for the
burning of Rome.
8. c) Capital sins engender other vices, reproducing and
reinforcing themselves (see CCC, n. 1866). “This
results in perverse inclinations which cloud conscience and corrupt the
concrete judgment of good and evil” (CCC, n. 1865).
9. a) The Beatitudes in Luke 6 change “poor in spirit” to
“the poor.” Luke also includes the “woes,” which warns those who are rich and
10. c) Alpha and Omega are the first and
the last letters of the Greek alphabet. The author of the Book of Revelation
encourages persecuted Christians by reminding them that Jesus, the beginning
and the end, is in charge of all of human history.
11. d) Christ redeemed humankind by the Paschal Mystery—his
Passion, Resurrection, and Ascension—whereby “dying he destroyed our death,
rising he restored our life” (CCC, n. 1067).
12. b) “The infallibility promised to the Church is also
present in the body of bishops…above all in an Ecumenical Council” (CCC, n.
13. a) Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the “Paraclete,”
literally, “he who is called to one’s side” (ad-vocatus). “Paraclete is commonly translated ‘consoler’” (CCC, n. 692).
14. b) After a wretched life as a slave, Josephine converted
to Christianity. She later recounted that “seeing the sun, the moon and the stars, I said to myself: Who could be the
Master of these beautiful things? And I felt a great desire to see him, to know
him and to pay him homage....” Her feast is celebrated on February 8.
15. a) Throughout the Book of Proverbs, which follows the
Book of Psalms in the Old Testament, we find concrete and practical wisdom for
relationships, families, and matters of business.
16. c) “The Lord’s Prayer ‘is truly the summary of the whole
n. 2761; also see nos. 2762-2776).
17. a) Saint Dismas is an example of God’s unfailing mercy,
that even on death’s doorstep, God will forgive those who repent and bring them
to paradise (Luke 23:39-43).
18. True. The title Theotokos,
which means God-bearer, caused great controversy in the early Church when some
protested that a human being could not be the mother of the eternal God. The
Church, however, insisted that “the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy
Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than
the Father’s eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the
Church confesses that Mary is truly ‘Mother of God’” (CCC, n. 495).
19. c) After the Second Vatican Council, the percentage of
Scripture read at Mass increased from 1% of the Old Testament and 16.5% of the New Testament to 13.5% of the Old
Testament and 71.5% of the New Testament.
20. d) Cloud and light “occur together in the
manifestations of the Holy Spirit” (CCC, n. 697). “The Holy Spirit is the ‘principle
of every vital and truly saving action in each part of the Body’” (CCC, n.
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