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Friday, May 18, 2007
Catholic Exam Answers

Last year in January 2006 I wrote a post entitled Catholic Exam. After keeping notes from the RCIA class that I attended years ago, I decided to write up a review of the class with a 130 question quiz. Finally, through the genorsity and kindness of one of my readers, I am at last able to post the answers to that Exam on my blog.

Catholic Exam Answers:

1. What are the three persons who are part of the Holy Trinity?

A.) The Father
B.) The Son
C.) The Holy Spirit

2. What Language was the Old Testament written in?

The entire Old Testament was written in classical Hebrew except for some brief portions, which were written in ancient Aramaic.

3. What Language was the New Testament written in?

The New Testament was probably written in Greek, though some may have first been written in ancient Aramaic.

4. Name the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit.

A.) Charity G.) Patience
B.) Joy H.) Faithfulness
C.) Generosity I.) Chastity
D.) Peace J.) Kindness
E.) Gentleness K.) Goodness
F.) Self-Control L.) Modesty

5. Name the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit

A.) Wisdom E.) Knowledge
B.) Understanding F.) Piety
C.) Counsel G.) Fear of the Lord
D.) Fortitude

6. What is the difference between Mortal and Venial sin?

Mortal sin-must be of grave matter, full knowledge and full consent. Venial sin are slight sins taht do not break our friendship with God; although they injure it, they involve disobedience of the law of God in slight.

7. Recite the Our Father.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen.

8. Recite the Hail Mary.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

9. What are Christ's two natures?

A.) Human
B.) Divine

10. What is the Original sin?

It is a sin, which is contracted and not committed, a state and not an act. The sin that Adam committed, a consequence of this first sin, the hereditary stain with which we are born on account of our origin or descent from Adam.

11. How can it be washed away?


12. In the Old Testament name one event, which symbolized baptism-freeing people.

Moses' crossing the dead Sea, freeing the children of Abraham from the slavery of Pharaoh through the waters of the red sea to be an image of the people set free in baptism. Also, Noah being brought through the Great Flood symbolized baptism.

13. Name the Precepts of the church.

A.) You shall obtain mass on Sunday and Holy days of Obligation.
B.) You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
C.) You shall humbly receive your creator in Holy Communion at least during Easter season.
D.) You shall keep holy the Holy days of Obligation.
E.) You shall observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.
F.) You shall help to provide the needs of the church each to his own ability.

Obligation to observe the church regulations on marriage, a priest must officiate at their marriage, a Catholic who marries without observing the proper form is not eligible to receive Holy Communion.

14. What is the name given to the first 5 books of the Old Testament?

The Pentateuch

15. How did St. Paul convert to the faith?

On the road to Damascus at midday light shown down suddenly from heaven encompassing Saul; he heard Jesus Christ's voice: "Saul, Saul why perseatest thou me?" St. Paul was a man who hated Christ and all Christians until this encounter. Capitulated in front of the living God, Jesus told him to go into Damascus and there he would be told what to do. Paul became blind and did not eat or drink for 3 days. In Damascus the Lord sent a disciple called Anansas to him who restored his vision, filled him with the Holy Spirit, and baptized him after his conversion. (He then began to preach about Jesus in the synagogues, in Damascus, the Jews wanted to kill him but he escaped with the help of some Christians who lowered him in a basket from the top of the city wall.

16. Who were Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

They were known as the patriarchs, they are both the physical and spiritual ancestors of Judaism.

17. Who was Joseph from the book of Genesis?

Joseph was the son of Jacob (who was sold into slavery to the Egyptians by his brothers who were jealous of him.)

18. What is the difference between the Ascension and the Assumption?

Ascension - The elevation of Christ into heaven by his own power in the Presence of his disciples the 40th day after the resurrection.

Assumption - A religious act of the taking up of Mary into heaven.

19. How many days after his death did Christ rise?

3 Days (In the Jewish Tradition of counting days even part of a day counted as a day. Therefore, when Christ died on Good Friday that counted as a day even though He died in the afternoon. Saturday counted as the 2nd day. Sunday, even though Christ rose during the morning, still counts as a day because Christ was still in the tomb for part of the day).

20. How many days after the resurrection did He ascend?

40 Days

21. How many days after the Ascension did the Holy Spirit descend?

10 days

22. What is this day called?


23. In Genesis there were 2 trees name and describe both.

The tree of life - Ideas pleasing to God
The tree of Knowledge of good and evil - Ideas pleasing to oneself.

24. How many books are in the Protestant bible of the Old Testament? How Many additional in the Catholic bible?

The Protestant Bible - 66 Books
The Catholic Bible - 73 Books

25. What city was Christ born in?


26. In what city did He die?


27. What does the name Peter mean?

The Rock (in Greek)

28. To what country did Joseph and Mary take the infant Jesus to so that Herod could not kill him.


29. In what city in Galilee did Jesus live most of His human life?


30. In what city did Christ die?


31. What is Palm Sunday?

It is the beginning of Holy Week, Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem on a donkey.

32. What is Good Friday?

The arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, and burial of Jesus Christ. The saddest
day of the year for the Church. It is a day of abstience, fasting, and penance.

33. What is the name of the hill where Christ died?

The hill of Calvary in Jerusalem.

34. In what city did Jesus Christ perform His first public miracle?


35. From what building did Christ drive out the moneychangers?

The Temple

36. From what mount did Christ ascend into heaven and from what mount will He stand on the day of his return?

Mount of Olives

37. What was the name of the river the Jesus Christ was baptized in?

The Jordan River

38. Who baptized Jesus Christ?

St. John the Baptist

39. What is the purpose of a guardian angel?

To keep us from harm.

40. Can someone after they die become an angel? If not can they become a Saint?

A.) No
B.) Yes

41. What are angels?

An angel is a pure spirit created by God, employed by God as the ministers of his will (messengers).

42. What are devils?

Evil spirits who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

43. If someone's body is still preserved years after death what are they known as?

Incorrupt - preserved from decomposition.

44. Was Jesus Christ forced to die?

No, He gave up his life freely for our salvation, and the forgiveness of our sins.

45. Did Christ have to die for our salvation?


46. Who turned Christ into the Romans?

The high priests of the Sanhedrin

47. The Jews told Christ "We have no king but ___________________"

Caesar, who was the Emperor of Rome.

48. What 3 gifts did the 3 wise men bring?

A.) Gold
B.) Frankincense
C.) Myrrh

49. What is the feast celebrated on January 6th (the day the 3 wise men came to Christ)?

The Epiphany

50. Who is the most popular saint of all time?

Mary the Mother of God

51. Who is the most popular saint of modern time?

Saint Therese (the little flower)

52. What is the type of prayer called when you pray it nine days in a row?


53. Christ died on what day?

Good Friday

54. He rose on what day?

Easter Sunday

55. Name the 7 capital sins.

A.) Gluttony E.) Anger
B.) Greed F.) Pride
C.) Lust G.) Sloth
D.) Envy

56. Name the 10 Commandments?

1.) I am the Lord thy God thou shalt not have any strange gods before me
2.) Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3.) Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
4.) Honor thy father and thy mother.
5.) Thou shalt not murder
6.) Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7.) Thou shalt not steal.
8.) Thou shalt not bare false witness against thy neighbor.
9.) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
10.) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.

57. Who were the 10 Commandments presented to?


58. Moses parted what sea?

The Red Sea

59. True or False: Peter walked on Water?


60. How could he?

Jesus ordered him to walk on water.

61. True or False: Paul was one of the original disciples?


62. Name the 12 original disciples.

1.) Simon (Peter)
2.) Andrew his brother
3.) James son of Zebedee
4.) John his brother
5.) Philip
6.) Bartholomew
7.) Thomas
8.) Matthew
9.) James son of Alphaeus
11.)Simon the Zealot
12.)Judas of Iscariot

63. What disciple turned Christ into the Romans?

Judas of Iscariot

64. Under what Roman governor was Christ crucified?

Pontius Pilot

65. What was the place that Christ was arrested at?

The garden of Gethsemane

66. Money can be a false god: true or false?


67. What are the 4 gospels?

1.) Matthew
2.) Mark
3.) Luke
4.) John

68. When did Christ first institute the Eucharist?

At the Last Supper

69. The arrival of the wise men symbolized what?

The revealing of Jesus Christ to the whole world (Epiphany) marks the arrival of the three wise men at Jesus' birthplace. It symbolized the later acceptance of the Gentiles.

70. Recite a Glory be.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit as it was in the
beginning and now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.

71. Who was Francis of Assisi?

He was the patron Saint of animals and ecology. A Roman Catholic Saint who took the gospel literally by following all Jesus said and did. He bore the stigmata two years before his death at the age of 44.

72. What two additional commandments did Christ mention in the New Testament?

1.) You shall love you God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.
2.) You shall love your neighbor as yourself ( that we love one another as Christ loves us.)

73. What does testament mean?


74. Why are there four different gospels instead of one?

To give a more complete picture of Jesus Christ, in having 4 different and yet accurate accounts of Christ you have different aspects of his person and his mission.

75. The Old Testament mirrored the New Testament who symbolized Christ in the Old Testament? (Hint: King_________)


76. Name at least two prophets.

A.) Isaiah
B.) Elisha
C.) Jeremiah

77. What is a Martyr, and why are they symbolized in art?

A person who is put to death or endures suffering because of a belief, Principle or cause. Catholic artistic tradition assigns the saints particular symbols that reveal the saint's martyrdom, miracles or circumstances of their lives. Symbols serve in identifying the saints; for example, martyrs are frequently depicted with palms because of their purity. A saint's life and actions are symbols of spiritual ideas.

78. What does it take to be a Saint?

Proof of 1 miracle for beatification (level below a Saint), 2 more for Canonization. Good works, miracles not until 5 years after your death. A declaration by the Pope that a person a martyr practiced Christian Virtue to a heroic degree is in heaven and is worthy of honor. To be a saint simply means that the person is in Heaven. There are certainly millions of saints who have never been officially canonized.

79. Canonization is the term for what?

Full Sainthood

80. Most of the books of the bible were written by the end of what century?

1st, 4th and 5th century

81. Jesus tells us His church will be guided by what?

The Holy Spirit

82. True or False: tattoos are allowed ( Hint: Leviticus )

False - "Ye shall not make any cuttings in you flesh for the dead nor imprint any markings upon you. I am the Lord."

83. Is contraception, in vitro fertilization, and artificial insemination a sin?


84. The Great Flood lasted how many days?

150 Days

85. Did Noah first send out a raven or a dove?


86. What did God tell Noah the rainbow meant?

God told Noah the rainbow was a promise that never again would there be a flood to destroy the earth. The rainbow is a sign of that promise.

87. What is the name of the mount where the ark came to rest?

Mount Ararat

88. How many people were on Noah's ark during the flood?


89. What did God tell Noah the rainbow meant?

God told Noah the rainbow was a promise that never again would there be a flood to destroy the earth. The rainbow is a sign of that promise.

90. Who replaced Judas Iscariot?

Saint Matthias

91. At what place was Jesus Christ arrested?

The garden of Gethsemane

92. Who wrote most of the Epistles of the New Testament?


93. True or False: there was a gospel of Mary and James, if yes were they ever part of the Bible?

Yes, No

94. What are the 7 corporal works of mercy?

1.) Feed the hungry
2.) Give drink to the thirsty
3.) Clothe the naked
4.) Shelter the homeless
5.) Comfort the imprisoned
6.) Visit the sick
7.) Bury the dead

95. Who were the 4 major prophets?

1.) Isaiah
2.) Ezekiel
3.) Jeremiah
4.) Daniel

96. Lent has three parts to prepare ourselves for Christ�s Resurrection at Easter, what are they as stated in Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18.

1.) Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them for then you will have no reward from your father who is in heaven.
2.) Thur, when you give alms sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites
Do in the synagogues and in the streets that they may be praised by man I say to you they have received their reward.
3.) But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
4.) So that your alms may be in secret and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
5.) And when you pray you must not be like the hypocrites for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners that they may be seen by man truly I say to you they have received their reward.
6.) But when you pray go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you fast do not look dismal like the hypocrites for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by man. Truly I say to you they have received their reward. But when you fast anoint your head and wash your face. That your fasting may not be seen by man but by your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees in secret will reward you

97. What was the split between the Eastern Church and western church in 1054 called?

The Great Schism: it was the joint excommunication of Cerularius, and Humbert

98. What is Mary's promise to anyone who wears a brown Scapular?

Who ever dies wearing the scapular shall not suffer eternal fire.

99. What are the two parts of the Mass?

1.) The Liturgy of the word.
2.) The Liturgy of the Eucharist.

100. Recite the Nicene Creed.

We believe in on God, the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, of all that is seen and unseen, we believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made one being with the Father, through him all things were made, for us and for our salvation he came down from Heaven by the power of the Holy Spirit, He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary and was made man, for our sake, he was crucified under Pontius Pilot, He suffered death and was buried, on the third day he rose Again in accordance with the scriptures, He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, He will come again in Glory to judge The living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end, we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, with the Father and the Son, He is worshipped and glorified, He has spoken through the prophets, we believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic church, we acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins, we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come, Amen.

101. Why do we genuflect?

To humble ourselves and show respect. We are to genuflect to the Tabernacle on the right knee. We are to genuflect to the pope, if we are in his presence, on the left knee.

102. Why do we make the sign of the cross upon entering the church (2 reasons)?

1.) As a reminder of Baptism
2.) Confession of faith, mark of discipleship

103. What is the greatest Commandment?

Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart, with all your soul, andall your mind.

104. Movement towards unity of all Christians is called?

Ecumenism: There can be some problems with this movement at times because the Faith can easily be watered down.

105. Who was the first person to see Christ after the resurrection?

St. Mary Magdalene

106. What is the beginning of wisdom?

The fear of the Lord.

107. What is the difference of tradition and Tradition?

Lowercase "tradition" are customs of man but uppercase "Tradition" is the revelation of God.

108. What personal friend of our Lord was raised up from the dead by Jesus?


109. What is the Mass? How is it a sacred meal, a sacrifice?

The mass is the perpetuation of the sacrifice of the cross in the sense that it offers Jesus to God and thus commemorates the sacrifice of the cross, reenacts symbolically and mystically, and applies the fruits of Christ's death upon the cross to individual human souls. All the efficacy of the mass is derived therefore from the sacrifice of Calvary. At the Mass, we are essentially at the Cross of Calvary.

Separate consecration of the bread and of the wine symbolizes the separation of the body and the blood of Christ and these symbolize his death upon the cross.

110. When do we genuflect on both knees in the church?

At the altar repose, and to adore the Blessed Sacrament when it is exposed like during Eucharistic Adoration or Benediction in a monstrance.

111. Name two times we perform a profound bow in church?

1.) During the Liturgy of the Hours when we pray "Glory be to the Father... Holy Spirit"
2.) In the Nicene Creed at the words "by the power of the Holy Spirit".

112. What is the purpose of Ash Wednesday?

To address sin and death, to show humility and penance.

113. What is the seal of the sacrament of reconciliation?

A sacred bond, the priest cannot divulge anything about the confession or that it took place, the punishment for a priest who breaks the seal is Excommunication.

114. Who was the first Martyr? Why was he murdered?

Saint Stephen, for citing the passages that were ample evidence out of the mouths of the ancient prophets of God that a Savior would be murdered and the Savior was among them even now in the person of Jesus Christ, the son of God, who is also God Himself. St. Stephen was then stoned to death.

115. Whose tomb was Christ buried in?

Joseph of Aramathia

116. What is Genesis 3:19? On what day do we hear these words?

"For dust you are and from the dust you shall return"; on Ash Wednesday

117. Describe each day and it's meaning in Holy Week.

A.) Palm Sunday - The day Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem on a donkeywhile the people of the city laid palm leaves before him as he entered.

B.) Holy Thursday - The day of the Last Supper and the day when Jesus was betrayed by Judas and handed over to the Sanhedrin.

C.) Good Friday - The day when Jesus was Crucified, died and was buried.

118. What is the Translation of the Gospel?

A written communication in a second language having the same meaning as the written communication as the first language.

119. What do the initials INRI above Christ's head stand for?

Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews, Iesrs Nazarenes Rex Irdaeicum (Latin)

120. Name the 7 Capital sins?

1.) Gluttony 5.) Anger
2.) Greed 6.) Pride
3.) Lust 7.) Sloth
4.) Envy

121. Who turned Christ into the Romans?

The High Priests

122. What is the difference between the Visitation and the Annunciation?

A.) The visitation was when Mary went to go visit her cousin Elizabeth.

B.) The Annunciation is the revelation by the Angel Gabriel that she would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit to be born the son of God.

123. What is the Transfiguration, where was it, and what does it mean?

Jesus was transfigured to show his power and glory to his disciples, at Mount Tabor. It means that the inner circle of his disciples could gain a greater understanding of who Jesus was. Christ underwent a dramatic change in appearance in order that the disciples could behold him in his glory.

124. Early Christians used the word mysteries to describe what?

Religious teachings that were carefully guarded from the knowledge of the profane.

125. What is the magestarium?

The teaching authority of the church.

126. What is the last communion a person receives called?


127. What does a priest take communion in to the sick?


128. What is the white garment over a funeral coffin called?


129. Which Pope conveyed Vatican II?

Pope John XXIII opened the Council. Paul VI brought the second Vatican to completion in 1965 and directed the implimation of it's goals till his death in 1978.

130. What Roman Emperor legalized Christianity in 313 A.D.?



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