22 October 2007

Are you a jack-of-all-trades Catholic?

Thought I would do a little quiz. I'm not ambitious enough to think up questions of my own, so will use some questions from a game I have called, Catechic, The Catholic Trivia Game. This quiz isn't going to tell you if you are a trad or not, if you need remedial work or not, it's just is a smattering of questions. I couldn't pass this quiz myself. Answers in the combox. (FYI - Not that it matters, but the game doesn't have question categories, I just grouped some questions together.)

Grades are dished out as:
90% or better = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
worse than that and you can join me in revisiting our Catholic faith :)

Category: Music (for Ma Beck)
1. For what institution did Johann Sebastian Bach write his magnificent cantatas?
2. Who wrote the "Missa Solemnes?"

Category: Politics and world events (for Karen)
3. Which Catholic priest served on the House subcommittee investigating the Watergate affair?
4. Improvements in the plight of Catholics in Eastern Europe is a result of what policy initiated by Pope Paul VI?

Category: Philosophy (I got these two right!)
5. Which famous Austrian psychologist wrote Moses and Monotheism?
6. Who said: "God is dead?"

Category: Entertainment
7. Who directed the celebrated film, Seventh Seal?
8. In 1976, which Italian film maker produced Jesus of Nazareth?

Category: Scripture studies
9. What language was the first bible printed in the New World printed in?
10. What was the name of the sea upon which Christ walked?

Category: Miscellaneous
11. Father Louis, a Trappist monk who instructed the world with his writing from Gethsemani, was also known by what name?
12. Which Greek word describes the ongoing spiritual formation of newly baptized Christians?
13. What is the name for the official visit each diocesan bishop makes to the pope every five years?
14. What Iowa city has a name which means "of the monks" in French?
15. What city is called the "Rome of Protestantism?"

BONUS: Name four famous Catholic artists whose names have become associated with turtles.

If you got more than four right, you know WAY more than I do :) Give yourself a cookie.


swissmiss said...

1. The Lutheran Church in Leipzig
2. Lugwig von Beethoven
3. Father Robert Drinen, S.J.
4. Ostpolitik
5. Sigmund Freud
6. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
7. Ingmar Bergman
8. Franco Zefferelli
9. Algonquian
10. Sea of Tiberius
11. Thomas Merton
12. Mystagogia
13. The Ad Limina
14. Des Moines
15. Geneva, Switzerland (where by baby brother lives)
BONUS: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Rafael (you remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, right?)

Ray from MN said...

I got 9 (I just said Lutheran for No. 1)

I missed 4 (guessed Novus Ordo Mass; who ever heard of the Pope and Ostpolitik "East Politics"?); 6 (no guess even); 8 (guessed Fellini); 9 (guessed English instead of Spanish); 10 (guess Dead Sea, knew it couldn't have been Galilee); 12 (guessed kenosis as wild guess); forgot all about the turtle painters.

swissmiss said...

Wow, Ray. That's pretty good by my standards! But you've never heard the phrase, "God is dead?" I've always heard it in the context of a restroom wall where it says:

God is dead.

Under that it said,

Nietzsche is dead.

Ray from MN said...


I've heard the "God is Dead" phrase, but I couldn't think who said it. I was trying to think of a contemporary to the 70s for some reason.

I guess that's probably when I first heard it.

I've never studied ancient or modern philosophers and thinkers. My head hurts when I just think about them, let along what THEY thought about.

I guess I was taught a little Aquinas in High School religion class. And I was required to read Plato's Republic a couple of times. But I couldn't tell you why.

Being a Poly Sci major, I had to study Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau and for the life I couldn't tell you why about them, either.

I guess I have picked up a bit of "philosophical" knowledge over the years by osmosis, but not because I started out wanting to do that.

Ma Beck said...

Good Lord, those questions are hard.

I know #1, #2, #6, 8 is on the tip of my tongue, I know #9, 10, 12, 14 (with an educated guess) and that's it.

swissmiss said...

You guys are way smarter than I am. I totally don't know music or entertainment at all in any shape or form. Don't know politics either. I do like Jeopardy, but they don't ask such hard questions!

Terry Nelson said...

Bach played for a mental institution I think.

And fr. louis is Thomas Merton I know. In the novitiate we could only refer to him as fr. Louis.

ad limina - bishops visit to pope.

Des Moines - Iowa monk city

Zeffereli did Jesus of Nazareth.

Did Jung write Moses and Mononucleosis?

Most everyone in the late '60's and early '70's said God was dead.

Did Drinan serve on the sub committee?

I know the policy for the Catholics in Eastern Europe but I can't remember the term.

Did Jesus walk the sea of Tiberius?

4 catholic artists:

Chaka Kahn, Sinead O'Connor, Madonna - gosh, I can't think of the other one.

How did I do? I didn't even look at the other responders! Honest.

Terry Nelson said...

I just read your responses Monica - I did okay, huh? Ostopolik! I just read about it couple of days ago on a mean trad blog too.

swissmiss said...

For the record, I only got numbers 5,6, 14 and 15 correct. Anybody who gets more than that is way too informed!!

Figured Ma Beck would get the music ones correct. Haven't heard from Karen yet, but she's dealing with fires in San Diego right now.

Terry, I knew you'd get the Merton one correct and figured you'd know Des Moines. You surprised me with Drinen (guess us young polk haven't really heard of him and barely could manage to come up with a more than a sentence about Watergate). Love your turtle artist answers. I could probably count the number of movies I've watched in my life on both hands and most of them aren't religious.

Ostpolitik? Huh? Never, ever heard of such a thing but, like Ray said, it must mean something about East (European) Politics. I should look into it and see what it was all about. Will try to steer clear of the mean trad blog.

gemoftheocean said...

Hells, bells. I thought I nailed this one hours ago -- I should have double checked to see that it had posted.

I missed #1, got #2,3,4,5,6 my age helped me on the last two. I well remember that creep Drinan - he's exactly the reason why priests are not allowed to run for political office - he met his "reward" recently. And I even remember the 60s when Paul VI made historic visit with the Eastern orthodox - geekhood made me remember Ostpolitik. Didn't know 7, but guessed 8 correctly. #9 made me smile, I'd run across that piece of trivia ages ago, but completely FORGOT and guessed Spanish. Knew #10 and #11 - drew a complete blank on #12 - and I knew #13,14,15. I was puzzled at first by the bonus 0 but then smiled when I remembered a friend of mine's sons liked TMNT back in the 80s -- but I couldn't remember the given artists in question, EXCEPT I did remember that Michelangelo was one. So 11 out of 15. I'm usually pretty good at trivial pursuit - thought science and math type questions are hit or miss....and I can be a guaranteed failure at the stuff "everybody knows." Ask me something like "Who was Liz Taylor's 3rd husband" or "What won the Academy award for best picture last year" and I am wall-eyed. But "recite the 1st few lines of the Aeneid in Latin" and "I'm there." Being a history major had its advantages. You were encouraged to take lower & upper division courses in a fairly wide range of subjects ranging from the arts to poly-sci or languages or econ and literature. And in Frosh year math/sciences and that sort of thing...which accounts for the year of calculus I managed to pass. and the linguistics class I took.

swissmiss said...

I actually was a history major...for all of one semester. When I was a frosh, there were a bunch of professors that helped register us for our first classes. He happened to be a history professor. I liked history, but had all intentions of being a business major. Somehow I ended up being assigned as a history major and was given a history professor as an advisor. After the semester started, I had to get that all cleared up, which wasn't hard, but it is kind of funny that I, technically, was a history major and I couldn't tell you much about history.

I did also change my major in my sophomore or junior year, for all of one semester. To Social Work. Ahhhhhh. My father NEVER, ever, ever interferred in my choices (if I would've left the Church, I would've heard about it, but not what school I went to or what major I was, etc). When I came home and told him I have changed majors to social work, all he said was, "There has to be a hundred other things you could study besides that." I spent the entire semester arguing with folks who were anti everything sensible. I was on my own fighting an up-hill battle with profs and students...in a Catholic College. If you think you'll get heresy in the philosophy department, try the social work department.

BTW: The Jesuits I had as profs in Theology were the best. In fact, one was ousted because he was too conservative. My philosophy profs didn't teach crap either. Trot on over to the social work department for that, my Trotsky comrade!

gemoftheocean said...

Yikes. I have to say my parents really were GREAT about not hectoring me over my academic life. [Other than in grade school making sure I did my homework.] After that it was all MY grades, MY work, etc. neither one got to graduate from high school. Dad, because he hated his homelife and wanted to get in the military ASAP, and mom, because the family was so poor, and all the girls "went to work" to help support the family. They were happy that I was a good student, and encouraged my love of books. but they never tried to channel me to study only "practical things." and I was free to get on with learning for learning's sake. For which I was forever grateful. The did see to it that financially, I was given ever opportunity to get myself a good education. Both parents had a lot of good common sense (so I never thought of them as uneducated) and both had a lot of lessons to pass on from the school of hard knocks. Frosh year I was a lit major (for all it didn't matter, most of frosh year being given to proscribed studies) but after 1st quarter soph year I quickly changed to history. The lit. department I saw was a potential minefield - as right about then the lefties were pushing their agenda....totally sucking the pleasure out of stuyding great literature. I had some good classes, but could see the agenda waiting in the wings. [Pne really good class, though, was greek and roman stuff.] There were some creeps in the history dept too, but not many, and you could carefully pick their way around their BS by opting to do the "what happened" uestions on the exams rather than the "tell me why marx was a swell guy" questions.