Are You Smarter Than a Catholic School Kid?


By: Jouviane Alexandre

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

"Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so." While talking about religion might be taboo in some schools, you won't find that in Catholic schools! You might be smarter than a 5th grader in math or science, but could you beat a Catholic school kid when it comes to religion?

Attending school is usually the same across the board, but when you attend Catholic school, there's a major difference - religion class. Every day, students settle down to learn about Jesus and the Bible. They're quizzed and tested, so you can usually be sure that they know the material. What about you?!

If you attended Catholic school, you probably think this will be a piece of cake for you. What if you didn't? Did you attend the CCD program a few days after school to learn about the Catechism? Maybe you were attending Bible study on the weekends. Your parents might've even had you watching EWTN with them.

With the entire Catholic faith built into their curriculum, could you beat a Catholic school kid on this quiz? While you obviously remember Jesus' name, can you remember who sentenced him to death? You might say your faith is "Catholic," but do you know what the word means?

Put down those Bibles and get ready for this quiz! Whether you were attending Bible study or going to CCD, let's see if you really are smarter than a Catholic school kid.

Peace be with you!

How many commandments did God give to Moses?

After Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt, God gives him the Ten Commandments, 10 rules for his followers to abide by.


Who sentences Jesus to death?

Pontius Pilate gave the people a choice between freeing Jesus and another prisoner. Although he didn't believe Jesus should be condemned, he sentenced him to death after the crowd chose to free the other prisoner.


What was the name of the prisoner that was released instead of Jesus?

When Pontius Pilate gave the crowd the option, they chose to free Barabbas, a thief, which left Jesus to be sentenced to death.


Peter was also known by which name?

Peter was often referred to as "Simon Peter." Although his name was originally Simon, Jesus changed his name to Peter, which means "rock." Jesus used this name because Peter would be the rock that he would build the Church upon.


Who was the first Pope?

After Jesus declared that Peter would be the rock that he would build his Church upon, Peter became the Vicar of Christ, which Catholics refer to as the Pope.


Where do souls go to be purified?

When souls are not yet ready to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, they are said to go to purgatory to be purified.


What is the name of the vessel that holds the host?

The Monstrance is the vessel used to hold the Host after it has been consecrated. The Monstrance is kept in the tabernacle that can be found in every Catholic Church.


Where did God give Moses the 10 Commandments?

After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, God led Moses to the top of Mount Sinai where he gifted him with the 10 commandments.


The Immaculate Conception refers to whom?

Many believe the Immaculate Conception to be a dogma surrounding the birth of Jesus. It actually surrounds the story of Mary, who was born free of sin so that she could give birth to Christ.


Who makes up the Holy Trinity?

God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit make up the Holy Trinity. Catholics make the sign of the cross to the Holy Trinity.


What day marks the beginning of Lent?

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lent season where Jesus spent numerous days in the desert without food or water.


When does Lent happen?

Lent is the period of time that falls before Easter. It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends during Holy Week.


How many days did Jesus spend in the desert?

The Lenten season represents the time that Jesus spent 40 days and nights wandering in the desert. This time period ended when Jesus arrived in Jerusalem where he celebrated the Last Supper before his crucifixion.


Which of these is the 4th commandment?

In the 10 commandments, the 4th one tells you to honor your mother and father.


How many books are there in the Pentateuch?

The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Bible. They begin with the story of creation in Genesis.


Which of these is not a part of the Pentateuch?

The Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, is made up these five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.


How many sacraments are there?

There are seven sacraments that Catholics can participate in, and while some are more common, there are others that some Catholics never experience.


Which of these is not a category of the sacraments?

There are three categories that the sacraments fall into and they include initiation, healing, and service.


Which of these is not a sacrament of initation?

The three sacraments of initiation are baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist. Matrimony is actually a sacrament of service.


Which holy day of obligation happens in August?

Every August 15th, Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. This day is a holy day of obligation which means Catholics are obligated to attend mass.


Who was chosen to help Jesus carry his cross?

While Jesus was carrying his cross, he began to struggle under the weight of it. Simon of Cyrene, a bystander, was chosen to help Jesus carry his cross to Golgotha.


On which day did Jesus celebrate the Last Supper?

On Holy Thursday, Jesus Christ celebrated the Last Supper where he consecrated the bread and wine into his body and blood.


Where do the cardinals meet to elect the new Pope?

In order to elect a new Pope, the college of cardinals must have a private meeting in the Sistine Chapel to decide on who that person should be. The cardinals are not allowed to leave until a new Pope is elected.


Is Jesus Christ fully human or fully divine?

Jesus Christ is known as being both God and man, this makes him both fully human and fully divine.


'Remember to keep holy the Lord's day' is which commandment?

In the 10 commandments, you'll find the reminder to keep the Lord's day holy, which reminds Catholics to attend mass.


What does the word 'Catholic' mean?

The word 'Catholic' means "universal" in Greek. The reasoning behind this is that the Catholic church is said to be accepting of all people.


How many Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are there?

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary are the first of four kinds of mysteries that come with the recitation of the rosary.


Which of these is not one of the mysteries of the rosary?

There are a total of four mysteries of the rosary which go from joyful to sorrowful to glorious to luminous.


During the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time is represented by which color?

During the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time is represented by the color green. The altar, as well as the priest's cassock, are representative of the time.


How many Gospels are there?

In the Bible, there are four books of the Gospels, written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These books start the beginning of the New Testament.


Which apostle is known for his writings to different colonies of people?

St. Paul is known for the Pauline Epistles, a series of letters from him to the different groups of people. St. Paul wrote to the Romans, Corinthians, Philippians, Hebrews, and more. These letters are found in the New Testament.


Which is the first Sacrament of the Catholic Church?

Baptism is the first sacrament of the Catholic church. During this sacrament, the candidate is washed of the original sin that we are all born with.


What are the two colors of Advent?

The season of Advent is celebrated with the colors of purple and pink. Three Sundays are celebrated with purple while one is celebrated with pink.


During Advent, the pink candle is lit during which Sunday?

During Advent, each Sunday, a new candle is lit. For the first two Sundays as well as the last, a purple candle is lit, but during the 3rd Sunday, a pink candle is lit.


What was the location of the wedding where Mary asked Jesus to turn water to wine?

When Mary and Jesus attended a wedding, the guests ran out of wine to drink. Mary then went to Jesus, and he turned jugs of water to wine for the bridegroom.


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