Morals Quiz: Are You Smarter Than A Catholic 8th Grader?

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Morals Quiz: Are You Smarter Than A Catholic 8th Grader? - Quiz

This quiz tests your knowledge of the Catholic morals and teachings of the Church. It tests both the teaching on morality and how one would respond to scenarios at a practising Catholic. Catholic Faith preaches the profound love and forgiveness of God as well as the belief in the love and healing from God. Read the questions carefully and answer. Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Contraception is:

    • A.

      Permissible only to married couples with the permission of their parish priest and under extenuating circumstances

    • B.

      Never permissible, no matter what the circumstances

    • C.

      Permissible if the husband and wife, after honest prayer, conclude it is right for them and do not use it selfishly

    • D.

      Permissible only if the wife's health would be in danger or if the husband is unable to support a large family

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Never permissible, no matter what the circumstances
  • 2. 

    Sin is:

    • A.

      A failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods

    • B.

      An offense against reason, truth, and right conscience

    • C.

      An offense against God

    • D.

      The love of oneself even to contempt of God

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    Sin denies our relationship with God and also goes against the design of the world.

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  • 3. 

    Venial sins:

    • A.

      Weaken charity in the soul, but does not destroy it

    • B.

      Can dispose us little by little to commit mortal sin

    • C.

      Are forgiven during the Penitential Rite at Mass

    • D.

      Only A and B

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    Venial sin wounds our relationship with God but does not sever it. In the Penitential Rite, when the priest says "May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and lead us to everlasting life" we receive absolution from our venial sins but NOT our mortal sins. However, we should still confess the venial sins in reconciliation.

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  • 4. 

    The morning after pill is

    • A.

      Permissible only in situations or incest or rape

    • B.

      Never permissible, no matter what the circumstances

    • C.

      Permissible if the person is a minor

    • D.

      Permissible only if the wife's health would be in danger or if the husband is unable to support a large family

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Never permissible, no matter what the circumstances
    Explanation
    The morning after pill, like contraception, is always immoral and does not become moral because of the situation. The morning after pill can cause an abortion because it will not allow a fertilized egg (a new life) to implant in the wall of the uterus.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following is not a criteria for a sin to be a mortal sin?

    • A.

      The sin must be grave or serious

    • B.

      The person must give full consent of the will to committing the sin

    • C.

      The sin must be a sin against another person and not God

    • D.

      The person must know that the sin is a mortal sin

    • E.

      All of the above are criteria for a sin to be a mortal sin

    Correct Answer
    C. The sin must be a sin against another person and not God
    Explanation
    A mortal sin is often against God, such as apostasy. One must commit a serious sin, know that it is a serious sin and do this willingly.

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  • 6. 

    The church's teachings on birth control, extramarital relations, and homosexual acts are:

    • A.

      Ideals that should be honored but are only guidelines given by the Church

    • B.

      Moral laws that cannot be broken without grave sin

    • C.

      Justified in some very extreme circumstances.

    • D.

      Church teaching that were established after the Vatican II Council

    • E.

      Both B and D

    Correct Answer
    B. Moral laws that cannot be broken without grave sin
    Explanation
    All sexual sins are found in scripture and are all serious sins when committed with full knowledge and willingly.

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  • 7. 

    Moral statements are primarily:

    • A.

      Statements of fact or truth (e.g. "Murder is wrong" means "It is a fact that murder is wrong").

    • B.

      Statements of the speaker's desire/emotion?(e.g. "Murder is wrong" means "I hate murder").

    • C.

      Statements of command (e.g. "Murder is wrong" means "I say: don't murder").

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Statements of fact or truth (e.g. "Murder is wrong" means "It is a fact that murder is wrong").
    Explanation
    Moral statements are Church teachings of the Laws of God. They are not our own personal insights, beliefs or opinions.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following political issues is disqualifying issue meaning that it is one which is of such gravity and importance that cannot be acceptable?

    • A.

      Population control (the use of contraception)

    • B.

      All of the above

    • C.

      Abortion

    • D.

      Preference to the poor

    • E.

      Capital punishment

    Correct Answer
    C. Abortion
    Explanation
    Abortion is ALWAYS wrong and a mortal sin so it cannot be justified in any case. The other issues are encouraged by the Church but are not absolutes in determining whether a candidate can be chosen based on these criteria.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following is NOT a criterion for a war to be just?

    • A.

      War has to be declared by a legitimate authority (a government and not a single person or group)

    • B.

      There must be a just cause for war (protect against genocide, respond to an attack against their nation)

    • C.

      The response must be proportional and not constitute a greater evil (not using a nuclear weapon against a conventional attack)

    • D.

      There must be a probability of success (if the cause is hopeless they should not engage in war)

    • E.

      All of the above ARE criteria

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above ARE criteria
    Explanation
    The Church has a narrow definition of what constitutes a just war because it realizes that all war is a failure of God's commandment to love one another.

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  • 10. 

    Whether an act is morally right or wrong depends solely on the intention of the person doing the action. If a person has a good intention in doing an act, then the act is morally right.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    No one may commit evil act with a good intention and not sin. The end does not justify the means. One may not do evil even if the intention is the good that may result from it.

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  • 11. 

    The passions (the emotions of love, hatred, joy, sadness, anger, fear, daring, desire, dislike, despair, hope) are neither morally good nor bad in themselves.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    In themselves passions are neither good nor evil. It is how they are used that determines whether something is moral or not. Even then, the passion is not immoral rather the act upon that passion is immoral

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  • 12. 

    The Church teaches that BEING homosexual is not in itself sinful, although it is sexual disorientation. The Church teaches that homosexual ACTIVITY is sinful.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    It is not the inclination to something that is sinful rather the actions we perform that makes something sinful.

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  • 13. 

    It is not a sin to desire to do good in order to gain the respect or esteem of others.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    You should not be doing what you do for the sake of a pat on your back. This is a sin against pride.

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  • 14. 

    A soldier who kills an enemy who is attacking him has committed a mortal sin.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    While the soldier has killed another person, he had not committed a mortal sin provided that he killed the person in self-defense. He has the right to defend his own life even at the expense of the other because we are called to respect ourself and preserve our own life.

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  • 15. 

    Mortal sin is a sin specifically against God, while venial sin is a sin against another person.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God's law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him. Venial sin allows charity to subsist, even though it offends and wounds it.

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  • 16. 

    MORAL SCENARIO A man, 85 years old, is in the hospital suffering from cancer. The pain is excruciating. The doctor is giving him painkillers to ease his suffering, but the dosage must be increased in order to continue to relieve his pain. The doctor knows that the increased dosage is necessary if the pain is to continue to be relieved, but that it also may be lethal to the man, even though neither the patient nor the doctor desires his death. With the patient's consent, the doctor gives the dosage and the patient dies. Was this action morally allowable according to Catholic moral theology?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    YES: the death of the patient was not willed as an end by either the doctor or the patient, nor was the death of the patient the means by which the pain of the patient was to be relieved. Therefore it was not intended to cause death and is not a willful act to commit sin.

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  • 17. 

    MORAL SCENARIO There are three presidential candidates on the ballot. The first is pro-abortion with few limits. The second candidate supports abortion but only in the first trimester. The third candidate personally opposes abortion but sometimes votes for it if it is the will of the people he represents. The third candidate opposes abortion except in cases of incest or rape. Is it acceptable to vote for the third candidate even though he is not completely pro-life?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    YES: John Paul II stated that "…when it is not possible to overturn or completely abrogate a pro-abortion law, an elected official, whose absolute personal opposition to procured abortion was well known, could licitly support proposals aimed at limiting the harm done by such a law and at lessening its negative consequences at the level of general opinion and morality. This does not in fact represent an illicit cooperation with an unjust law, but rather a legitimate and proper attempt to limit its evil aspects.” Logically, it follows from these words of the Pope that a voter may likewise vote for that candidate who will most likely limit the evils of abortion or any other moral evil at issue

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  • 18. 

    MORAL SCENARIO A Catholic has liver disease and his liver is severely damaged. There is a liver donor who is a match for the Catholic. The surgery will be dangerous but a successful surgery will save the life of the Catholic. Is the Catholic morally obliged to have the surgery?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    B. No
    Explanation
    NO: There is no obligation to have an organ transplant because it is considered a extraordinary medical treatment.

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  • 19. 

    MORAL SCENARIO: Billy is 16 years old and owns a car. His father is Baptist and his mother is Catholic. The family goes to church at the Baptist parish on one Sunday and the Catholic parish the next Sunday and alternates between the two each week. Are the mother and son fulfilling their Sunday obligation?

    • A.

      Yes

    • B.

      No

    Correct Answer
    A. Yes
    Explanation
    Yes, the mother and son are fulfilling their Sunday obligation by alternating between the Baptist and Catholic parishes. This practice reflects a commitment to both parents' religious traditions, and whether it aligns with specific doctrinal requirements depends on the teachings of the respective Baptist and Catholic denominations.

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