Friday, January 13, 2006
Catholic Exam: Test Your Knowledge in 130 Questions

Catholic Exam

When I went through RCIA classes a few years ago, I put together a study guide with just a small portion of the things I learned in the class. I thought that I would post it so that readers would be able to take it or pass it on to others to learn more about the faith.

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1. Who are the three persons of the Most Holy Trinity?
2. What language was the Old Testament written in?
3. The New Testament?
4. Name the 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit
5. Name the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit
6. What is the difference between Mortal & Venial Sin?
7. Recite the Our Father
8. Recite the Hail Mary
9. What are Christ's two natures?
10. What is original sin?
11. How can it be washed away?
12. In the Old Testament name 1 event which symbolized baptism freeing peoples
13. Name the precepts of the Church
14. What is the name given to the first 5 books of the Old Testament?
15. How did St. Paul convert to the faith?
16. Who was Abraham, Issac, and Jacob?
17. Who was Joseph from the Book of Genesis?
18. What is the difference between the Ascension & Assumption
19. How many days after Christ died did he rise?
20. How many days after the Resurrection did he ascend?
21. How many days after the Ascension did the Holy Spirit descend?
22. What is that day called?
23. In Genesis there were 2 trees -- name and describe both.
24. How many books are in the Protestant Bible of the Old Testament -- how many additional in ours?
25. What city was Christ born?
26. In what city did He die?
27. What does 'Peter' mean?
28. To what country did Joseph & Mary take the infant Jesus so that Herod couldn't kill him?
29. In what city in Galilee did Jesus live most of his human lifetime?
30. In what city did Christ die?
31. What is Palm Sunday?
32. What is Good Friday?
33. What is the hill where Christ died?
34. In what city did Christ perform his first public miracle, changing water into wine? Who asked Him to do this?
35. From what building did Christ drive out the money changers?
36. From what mount did Christ ascend into heaven, and on what mount will He stand on the day of His return?
37. What was the river that Christ was baptized in?
38. Who baptized Christ?
39. What is the purpose of a guardian angel?
40. Can someone, after they die, become an angel? If not, then a saint?
41. What are angels?
42. What are devils?
43. If someone's body is still preserved years after death what are they known as?
44. Was Christ forced to die or did he give His life up for us?
45. Did Christ have to die for our salvation?
46. Who turned Christ in to the Romans?
47. The Jews told Christ "We have no King but ________."
48. What 3 gifts did the 3 wise men bring?
49. What is the feast celebrated on Jan. 6? The day the 3 wise men came to Christ.
50. Who is the most popular Saint of all times?
51. Of modern-times?
52. What is the type of prayer called when you pray it 9 days in a row?
53. Christ died on what day?
54. He rose on what day?
55. Name the 7 capital sins.
56. Name the 10 Commandments?
57. Who were the 10 commandments presented to?
58. Moses parted what sea?
59. T/F Peter walked on water
60. How could he?
61. T/F Paul was one of the original disciples
62. Name the 12 original disciples
63. What disciple turned Christ in to the Romans?
64. Under what Roman Governor was Christ crucified?
65. What was the place that Christ was arrested at?
66. T/F Money can be a false god
67. What are the 4 Gospels
68. When did Christ 1st institute the Eucharist?
69. The arrival of the 3 wise men symbolized what?
70. Say a Glory Be
71. Who was Saint Francis of Assisi?
72. What two additional Commandments did Christ mention in the New Testament?
73. What does "Testament" mean?
74. Why are there 4 different Gospels instead of one?
75. The Old Testament mirrored the New Testament. Who symbolized Christ in the Old Testament? (Hint King _____)
76. Name at least two prophets
77. What is a martyr? Why are they symbolized in art with palm branches?
78. What does it take to be a Saint?
79. Canonization is the term for what?
80. Most of the books of the Bible were written by the end of what century?
81. Jesus tells us His Church will be guided by the ...
82. T/F Tattoos are allowed. (Hint: Leviticus 19:28)
83. Is Contraception, In vitro fertilization, and/or artificial insemination a sin?
84. The Great Flood lasted how long?
85. Did Noah first send out a raven or a dove?
86. What did God tell Noah the rainbow meant?
87. What is the name of the mount where the ark came to rest?
88. How many people were on Noah's ark during the Flood?
89. What did God tell Noah the rainbow meant?
90. Who replaced Judas Iscariot as an Apostle?
91. At what place was Christ Jesus arrested?
92. Who wrote most of the epistles of the New Testament?
93. T/F There was a Gospel of Mary & James. If yes, were they ever part of the Bible?
94. What are the 7 Corporal Works of Mercy?
95. Who were the 4 Major Prophets?
96. Lent has 3 parts to prepare ourselves for Christ’s Resurrection at Easter. What are they, as stated in Mt (6:1-6, 16-18)
97. What was the split between the Eastern Church & western Church in 1054 called?
98. What is Mary’s promise to whoever wears a brown scapular?
99. What are the 2 parts to the Mass?
100. At last ... recite the Nicene Creed.
101. Why do we genuflect?
102. Why do we make the sign of the Cross upon entering the Church? (2 reasons)
103. What is the greatest commandment?
104. The movement towards unity of all Christians is called?
105. Who was the first person to see Christ after his Resurrection?
106. What is the beginning of wisdom?
107. What is the difference of tradition & Tradition?
108. What personal friend of our Lord was raised from the dead by Jesus?
109. What is the Mass? How is it a Sacred Meal and a Sacrifice?
110. When do we genuflect on both knees in the Church?
111. Name 2 times we perform a profound bow in Church?
112. What is the purpose of Ash Wednesday?
113. What is the “seal” of the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
114. Who was the first martyr? Why was he murdered?
115. Whose tomb was Christ buried in?
116. What is Genesis 3:19? On what day do we hear these words?
117. Describe each day and its meaning in Holy Week
118. What is the translation of ‘Gospel'?
119. What do the initials INRI above Christ’s head stand for?
120. Name the 7 capital sins?
121. Who turned Christ into the Romans?
122. What is the difference between the Visitation & Annunciation?
123. What is the transfiguration; where was it? What does it mean?
124. Early Christians used the word “mysteries” to describe what?
125. What is the Magisterium?
126. What is the last communion a person receives called?
127. What does a priest take communion to the sick?
128. What is the garment over a funeral coffin called?
129. Which Pope declared the Dogma of the Assumption in 1950?
130. What Roman emperor legalized Christianity in 313?

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13 comment(s):

del_button January 13, 2006 at 9:51 PM
Jennifer said...

Great questions, now I'm off to find out some of the answers I don't know.

del_button January 14, 2006 at 4:01 AM
A Secular Franciscan said...

Yoiks! Not a post to just skim.

I'll have to come back when I have more time - and a copy of the Catholic Encyclopedia!

del_button January 14, 2006 at 5:40 PM
Anonymous said...

130 questions! Wow. Very thorough.

del_button January 15, 2006 at 8:57 AM
Audrey Yu said...

This is a good one. I can test how much I know. What about the answers? Are you going to post the answers?

del_button January 15, 2006 at 9:22 AM
Matthew said...

Thanks for such a good response, everyone. I'm glad you liked it. I made this two years ago after going through RCIA.


I haven't made an answer key yet since in the past I just recited the answer. Would you like me to create one? I'll gladly do so.


del_button January 16, 2006 at 12:41 PM
seeking_something said...

USCCB's catechism quiz here

Haven't read through the list, but I do appreciate the fact that it's long. So if it were a test, I can miss a bunch of questions and still get a decent grade. :)

del_button January 16, 2006 at 12:55 PM
seeking_something said...

Some of the questions are duplicated. Is that on purpose or by mistake?

del_button January 16, 2006 at 1:40 PM
Matthew said...

That's just a mistake. Which numbers? I'll gladly change them.

del_button January 18, 2006 at 1:59 AM
Audrey Yu said...

Yes, please. If it's okay for you. Thanks!

del_button September 12, 2006 at 8:55 PM
Anonymous said...

Hello Moneybags,

This is great, thanks for posting it. I don't know how I missed it when you first posted it. It's going to help me.

Also, about:

82. T/F Tattoos are allowed. (Hint: Leviticus 19:28)

I was reading Levictus and came across this verse then I googled it and came to a tattoo site, and it has a Christian explaination to Levictus 19:28. After reading this I searched your blog to see if you had said anything on tatoos and this great Catholic Exam is what I got.
The website is:

What do you think of this explaination? (anyone reading may respond please)

God Bless.


del_button September 13, 2006 at 9:25 PM
Matthew said...


I was taught in RCIA that tattooing still remains part of the Law of God. Unlike the other laws in Leviticus, Christ, I believe, kept the prohibition on tattooing through the Church's teachings and the Bible: our body is God's temple. And as God's temple, it should not be treated like a billboard.

del_button September 19, 2006 at 4:41 PM
Anonymous said...

What about Levictus 18: 22? Can you give me some verses from the bible against homosexuality?

del_button September 19, 2006 at 7:14 PM
Matthew said...

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 is one that is frequently used against homosexuality.

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