HISTORY QUIZ             by claire



1.      Around what year did the Catholic Church first get its name?

A.     110 AD

B.    400 AD

C.    610 AD

D.    1,600 AD


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2.      In the first few centuries after Christ, the term “Catholic Church” was used to describe….

a.      a group of beliefs or believers with no necessary hierarchy

b.      the Church that, by definition, was in union with Rome, and was led by direct successors of apostles


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3.      Just prior to his death in the 13th century, St. Thomas Aquinas made this statement concerning his writings: 

    “I submit all to the judgment and correction of the _____________________.”

            A.     the Church

            B.     the Holy Roman Church

            C. Sola Scriptura


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4. Many evangelicals believe that a justified person cannot lose his salvation (i.e., lose his justification). In which century was this teaching introduced for the first time?

a.      2nd  century

b.      4th century

c.      7th century

d.      16th century


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5. St. Augustine said Christians should pray for the souls in:

a.      heaven

b.      purgatory

c.      hell



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6.  In 418 A.D., Augustine wrote: “A man cannot have _______________ except in the Catholic Church.”

a.      Honor

b.      Wisdom

c.      Salvation


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7.      The Early Christians were known to call the Mass all of the following names except one. Which one?

                  a.   the Eucharist

b.      the Sacrifice

c.      the Breaking of the Bread

d.      Service


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8. St. Augustine is considered by both Catholics and Protestants to be the greatest Father of Christian thought. Which of the following doctrines did he believe?

a.      The bread and wine of the Eucharist were literally (not symbolically) changed to the true Body and Blood of Christ

b.      Baptism was necessary for salvation

c.      Baptism destroyed original sin

d.      praying for the dead in purgatory

e.      the leader of the true church must be a direct successor of Peter

f.        all bishops of the Church must be in a direct line from an apostle

g.      mortal and venial sin

h.      the perpetual virginity of Mary

i.       once justified, one can lose his justification

j.        The Mass is a Sacrifice

k.  confession of sins to God through a priest

l.   doing penance

m.  All of the above


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9.  What was established by the Councils of Hippo and Carthage in the very late 4th century?

a.     the Trinity

b.      the Bible Alone doctrine

c.      which books were Scripture, and which were not


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10. For the first 1,400 years after Christ, the vast majority of Christians did not own Bibles. Why not?

(This is a fill-in-the-blank question)


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11. Fill in the blank for this famous comment of Augustine: “I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the ________________ did not move me to do so.”

a.      Catholic Church

b.      Christian Church



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12. Which character of the Reformation is responsible for the famous lines: "We must remove the Decalogue [ten commandments] out of sight and heart."  and   "Sin boldly (or bravely) but believe still more boldly (or bravely)."

a.      Calvin

b.      Luther

c.      Zwingli


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13.  The Early Church condemned the use of contraception as a despicable sin, something that was contrary to natural law. In what century, did the first Christian churches change their minds and decide it was not a sin?

A.     5th century

B.    10th century

C.    15th century

D.    20th century


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14. Which came first?

a.       the sign of the cross

b.       the Council of Nicaea I?



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15.  In 250 A.D., St. Cyprian of Carthage wrote: “Adultery, fraud and manslaughter are ________________.”

a.      bad

b.      expected

c.      reprehensible

d.      mortal sins



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16. Where did St. Peter and St. Paul found and organize the Church, according to St. Irenaeus in 189 A.D.?


a.      Rome

b.     Geneva

c.      London


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17.  In 105 A.D., what did Church Father St. Ignatius of Antioch say heretics abstained from:

a.      the Eucharist 

b.      holy water


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18.  Fill in the blank "The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating ____________." (St. Augustine)

a.      Passover

b.      Mass

c.      Fellowship

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19.  Fill in the blank: “We read in the books of _______________ that sacrifice was offered for the dead.” (St. Augustine)

a.      Bees

b.      Maccabees

c.      Babylonians

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20. St. Augustine said that only the sins of  ___________ could be forgiven by God.

a.      adults

b.      baptized people

c.      saints


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21.  What practice was St. Augustine condemning when he said “they copulate in shameful union only to satisfy lust for their wives.”

a.      marriage

b.      contraception

c.      polygamy

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22.  St. Augustine said Baptism destroys:

a.      venial sins

b.      mortal sins

c.      original sin

d.      all the above sins


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23: According to St. Augustine, which person could not have eternal life?

a.      person who separates from the Catholic Church

b.      person who hasn’t yet been confirmed

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24. Why was only one apostle chosen to be head, according to St. Jerome in 393 A.D.?

a.      to avoid division

b.      the other 11 weren’t true leaders

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25. Who made the comment: “Who is ignorant that the first of the apostles is the most blessed Peter?”

a.      Augustine

b.      Polycarp

c.      Clement


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26.  What was St. Jerome discussing when he said, “It is one thing to owe ten thousand talents, another to owe but a farthing.”

a.      the difference between mortal and venial sins

b.      the difference between and poor in wealth and the poor in spirit


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27.  In 96 A.D., St. Clement of Rome, “We are justified by our ___________, not by our words.”

a.      faith

b.      works

c.      passion


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28.  In 160 A.D., St. Justin Martyr wrote: “Each man goes to everlasting punishment or salvation according to the value of his ___________.”


a.      actions

b.      faith

c.      blessings


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29: In the year 80 A.D., Pope St. Clement of Rome, who was ordained by St. Peter, said the apostles made what provisions for when a bishop should die:

a.      dead bishops should be succeeded by other approved men

b.      Direct successors would not be needed once the Bible was written

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30. Who said we should not listen to people who deny that the Church has the power to forgive sins?

a.      Augustine

b.      Pelagius

c.      Nestorian


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31. St. Augustine wrote, “For even now, miracles are wrought in the name of Christ, whether by His sacraments or by the prayers or _______ of His saints.”

a.      perseverance

b.      relics

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32. Protestant apologist Dr. Norman Geisler wrote: “Between the time of the Apostle Paul and the Reformation, scarcely anyone taught _______________. “

a.      imputed righteousness

b.      forensic justification

c.      Catholicism

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33. Who defended the Catholic Church against Luther’s elimination of sacraments, but then broke off the Catholic Church to form his own church because he wanted to leave his wife for his beautiful mistress?


Hint: His name starts with “H”

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34. In 251 A.D., Cyprian of Carthage wrote: "There is one God and one Christ, and one Church and _____________."

a. one chair founded by Peter

b. one sacrament

c. no chair of this Church


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35. According to Augustine, why was a Donatist bishop NOT a true bishop of the Church?

a. He was not a direct successor of an apostle

b. He was a sinner


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36. According to Augustine, in what chair did both Peter and Anastasius sit?

  1. The Chair of the Roman Church
  2. The Chair of No Authority
  3. The Chair of Sola Fide
  4. The Chair of Disappearing Hierarchy



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37. What did St. Jerome teach about apostles and martyrs?


    a. If they can pray for us while on Earth, they can pray for us much more in heaven

    b. They will not be concerned about us when they reach heaven


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38. Jerome (386 A.D.) wrote: “…..schism separates one from the Church on account of _________________________.”

a.    disagreement with the bishop

      b. disagreement with the Bible


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39. Protestant scholar JND Kelly wrote: “...Augustine identifies the Church with the universal Catholic Church of his day, with its ________________, and with its centre at Rome.”

a.      hierarchy and sacraments

       b. chaos


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40. St. Augustine said people can receive God's mercy in the Church for remission of crimes if they do what?

a.      do Penance

b.      have assurance

c.  confess His name

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41. Finish this quote by ST. ATHANASIUS (c. 295-373 AD)

“….he who confesses his sins with a repentant heart obtains their remission from _______________.”

a.      the priest

b.      a friend

c. private prayer


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42. ST. AMBROSE (c. 333-397 AD), referring to the power to forgive sins, wrote : “Christ granted even this to His apostles, and by His apostles it has been transmitted to the ____________________.”

a.      offices of priest

b.      office of adult


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43. St. Augustine said that baptism, prayer and penance were three ways in which:

a.      sins were forgiven

b.   we could demonstrate we are Christians


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44. According to Augustine, who besides Jesus did not sin?

a. Nobody but babies

b. Nobody but Adam and Eve before they ate the apple

c. Mary


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45. John Chrystostem (c. 387 AD) wrote: “______________  have received a power which God has given neither to angels nor to archangels.”

a.     priests

b. Christians

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46. Which of the following was a quote by St. Augustine?

                    a. “I should not be a Christian but for the miracles”

                    b. “Miracles convert no one”

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        47. John Calvin taught that the Church was:

                    a. visible and made up of sincere Christians AND hypocrites

                    b. invisible and consisting only of those with the hearts of true believers

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48. According to Protestant church historian J.N.D. Kelly, what did the Church’s Old Testament always include?

a. the Koran

b. the Talmud

         c. the Apocrypha

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