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  • 1. 

    What does the term Orthodox commonly mean to Orthodox Christians?

    • A.

      "right glory"

    • B.

      "we're right and you're wrong"

    • C.

      "straight path"

    • D.

      "correct teaching"

    Correct Answer
    A. "right glory"
  • 2. 

    An Orthodox priest's wife is commonly addressed as:

    • A.

      Khouria

    • B.

      Presbytera

    • C.

      Matushka

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    In the Orthodox Church, a priest's wife can be addressed by any of these titles: Khouria, Presbytera, or Matushka. These titles are used as a sign of respect and to acknowledge the important role that the priest's wife plays in the church community. Each title has its own cultural and regional variations, but they all refer to the same concept of a priest's wife. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above."

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  • 3. 

    A local bishop is commonly addressed as:

    • A.

      "Brother"

    • B.

      "Your eminence"

    • C.

      "Father"

    • D.

      "Your grace"

    Correct Answer
    D. "Your grace"
    Explanation
    A local bishop is commonly addressed as "Your grace" because this title is traditionally used to show respect and honor towards a bishop. It is a formal and polite way to address them, acknowledging their position and authority within the church. The term "grace" is often associated with bishops as they are seen as spiritual leaders who have received divine grace and are responsible for guiding and shepherding their congregation.

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  • 4. 

    About how many Orthodox Christians are there worldwide?

    • A.

      600 million

    • B.

      150 million

    • C.

      300 million

    • D.

      75 million

    Correct Answer
    C. 300 million
    Explanation
    There are approximately 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide. This indicates that the number of individuals who identify as Orthodox Christians is estimated to be around 300 million globally.

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  • 5. 

    Who was the first bishop consecrated in North America?

    • A.

      St. John of San Francisco

    • B.

      St. Raphael of Brooklyn

    • C.

      St. Moses the Black

    • D.

      St. Herman of Alaska

    Correct Answer
    B. St. Raphael of Brooklyn
    Explanation
    St. Raphael of Brooklyn was the first bishop consecrated in North America. He was consecrated as the Bishop of Brooklyn in 1904, making him the first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated in North America. St. Raphael played a significant role in the establishment and growth of the Orthodox Church in America, and his consecration marked an important milestone in the history of Orthodox Christianity in North America.

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  • 6. 

    When is the Cherubic hymn typically sung during the Divine Liturgy?

    • A.

      After the Anaphora

    • B.

      After Communion

    • C.

      After the Antidoron

    • D.

      After the Gospel

    Correct Answer
    D. After the Gospel
    Explanation
    The Cherubic hymn is typically sung after the Gospel during the Divine Liturgy. This hymn is a solemn chant that is sung as the priest prepares the Holy Gifts on the altar. It is a moment of reverence and preparation for the Eucharist, following the proclamation of the Gospel. The Cherubic hymn sets the tone for the upcoming Eucharistic celebration and invites the congregation to participate in the mystery of the Divine Liturgy.

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  • 7. 

    How many Great Feasts are there in the Orthodox Church?

    • A.

      6

    • B.

      12

    • C.

      10

    • D.

      4

    Correct Answer
    B. 12
    Explanation
    In the Orthodox Church, there are 12 Great Feasts. These feasts are important celebrations in the liturgical calendar and commemorate significant events in the life of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. Some of the Great Feasts include the Nativity of Christ, the Epiphany, the Transfiguration, and the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. These feasts are marked by special services, prayers, and traditions, and are considered to be among the most important observances in the Orthodox Church.

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  • 8. 

    What Great Feast is always celebrated 9 months after the Annunciation to the Theotokos?

    • A.

      The Nativity of St. John the Forerunner

    • B.

      The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

    • C.

      The Nativity of the Theotokos

    • D.

      The Nativity of Christ

    Correct Answer
    D. The Nativity of Christ
    Explanation
    The correct answer is The Nativity of Christ. This feast is celebrated 9 months after the Annunciation to the Theotokos because it commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ. It is also commonly known as Christmas and is one of the most important Christian holidays celebrated worldwide.

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  • 9. 

    According to Orthodox Tradition, who is the child that Jesus took into his arms and blessed in the gospel of Mark ?

    • A.

      St. Polycarp

    • B.

      St. John

    • C.

      St.Ignatius

    • D.

      St. Clement

    Correct Answer
    C. St.Ignatius
    Explanation
    In the Gospel of Mark, there is no mention of Jesus taking a child into his arms and blessing them. Therefore, the correct answer is St. Ignatius.

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  • 10. 

    Who are considered to be the 3 Holy Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church? (Check all that apply)

    • A.

      St. Maximus the Confessor

    • B.

      St. Basil the Great

    • C.

      St. Athanasius of Alexandria

    • D.

      St. John Chrysostom

    • E.

      St. Gregory of Nazianzus

    • F.

      St. Gregory of Nyssa

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. St. Basil the Great
    D. St. John Chrysostom
    E. St. Gregory of Nazianzus
    Explanation
    The three Holy Hierarchs of the Orthodox Church are St. Basil the Great, St. John Chrysostom, and St. Gregory of Nazianzus. These three saints were highly respected and influential theologians in the early Church. St. Basil the Great was known for his contributions to monasticism and his defense of orthodoxy against heresies. St. John Chrysostom was renowned for his eloquent preaching and his emphasis on moral reform. St. Gregory of Nazianzus was a prominent theologian and orator, known for his writings on the Trinity. Together, these three saints are considered pillars of the Orthodox faith.

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  • 11. 

    Saint Irenaeus wrote this concerning which event related to Christ's ministry: "the glory of God is a live human being and a truly human life is the vision of God".

    • A.

      Resurrection

    • B.

      Ascension

    • C.

      Transfiguration

    • D.

      Baptism

    Correct Answer
    C. Transfiguration
    Explanation
    Saint Irenaeus wrote this statement in reference to the event of the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration is a significant event in Christ's ministry where Jesus took Peter, James, and John up to a high mountain, and there His appearance was changed, and His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as light. This event revealed the divine glory of Jesus and affirmed His identity as the Son of God. Saint Irenaeus's statement emphasizes that the ultimate purpose of human life is to behold and experience the vision of God's glory, which was manifested in the Transfiguration.

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  • 12. 

    Which Saint is famous for saying "God became man so that man might become god"?

    • A.

      Basil the Great

    • B.

      Athanasius

    • C.

      Gregory the Theologian

    • D.

      John Chrysostom

    Correct Answer
    B. Athanasius
    Explanation
    Athanasius is famous for saying "God became man so that man might become god." This statement reflects the belief in the Christian doctrine of the Incarnation, which teaches that Jesus, as both fully God and fully man, came to earth to reconcile humanity with God and offer the possibility of divinization or union with God. Athanasius, an influential theologian and bishop in the early Church, emphasized this belief and defended it against various heresies that denied the divinity of Christ. His writings played a crucial role in shaping orthodox Christian theology.

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  • 13. 

    What term is commonly referred to as "the Orthodox mindset"?

    • A.

      Praxis

    • B.

      Paradosis

    • C.

      Nous

    • D.

      Phronema

    Correct Answer
    D. Phronema
    Explanation
    Phronema is commonly referred to as "the Orthodox mindset." Phronema is a Greek term used in Orthodox Christianity to describe the inner disposition or mindset of a person that reflects the teachings and values of the faith. It encompasses the understanding, wisdom, and practical application of Orthodox beliefs in everyday life. The term is often used to emphasize the importance of living out one's faith with integrity and authenticity.

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  • 14. 

    Where might you find an Orthodox Church?

    • A.

      In the sky

    • B.

      Under water

    • C.

      Antartica

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    An Orthodox Church can be found in various locations, including in the sky (referring to the celestial dome paintings found in some Orthodox churches), underwater (referring to the practice of submerging crosses during baptism ceremonies), and even in Antarctica (where there are research stations that may have chapels or places of worship). Therefore, the correct answer is "all of the above" as it encompasses all the mentioned locations where an Orthodox Church can be found.

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  • 15. 

    Where was the first Church council held?

    • A.

      Rome

    • B.

      Constantinople

    • C.

      Jerusalem

    • D.

      Nicaea

    Correct Answer
    C. Jerusalem
    Explanation
    The first Church council was held in Jerusalem. This is because Jerusalem was the birthplace of Christianity and the early Christian community was centered there. The council, known as the Council of Jerusalem, was held around 50 AD and was convened to address the issue of whether Gentile converts to Christianity needed to follow Jewish laws and customs. The decision reached at this council had a significant impact on the development of Christianity as a distinct religion.

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  • 16. 

    What is the name of the Large Icon traditionally placed in the apse above the Altar?

    • A.

      Panagia Platytera

    • B.

      Pantocrator

    • C.

      Panikhida

    • D.

      Iconostasis

    Correct Answer
    A. Panagia Platytera
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Panagia Platytera. Panagia Platytera is the name of the large icon traditionally placed in the apse above the Altar. It is a depiction of the Virgin Mary, often shown with her arms outstretched and surrounded by angels. This icon is an important symbol in Orthodox Christianity and is meant to represent the Virgin Mary as the "Wider than the Heavens" or "More Spacious than the Heavens."

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  • 17. 

    According to Orthodox Belief, what does the term "uncreated light" refer to?

    • A.

      God's energies

    • B.

      God Himself

    • C.

      God's grace

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The term "uncreated light" refers to all of the above options: God's energies, God Himself, and God's grace. In Orthodox belief, the uncreated light represents the divine presence and power of God, which cannot be fully comprehended or contained by human understanding. It is believed to be a manifestation of God's glory and grace, shining forth from His divine essence. This light is considered to be eternal and unchanging, existing before the creation of the world and continuing to radiate throughout all of creation.

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  • 18. 

    What would you probably not find in an icon corner?

    • A.

      Incense

    • B.

      Candles

    • C.

      Baklava

    • D.

      Icons

    Correct Answer
    C. Baklava
    Explanation
    In an icon corner, which is a small prayer corner or shrine often found in Eastern Orthodox Christian homes, one would typically find religious icons, incense, and candles. These items are used for prayer and worship. However, baklava, a sweet pastry, would not typically be found in an icon corner as it is a food item and not related to religious practices.

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  • 19. 

    Which days of the week do Orthodox typically fast on?

    • A.

      Saturday and Sunday

    • B.

      Tuesday and Thursday

    • C.

      Monday and Wednesday

    • D.

      Wednesday and Friday

    Correct Answer
    D. Wednesday and Friday
    Explanation
    Orthodox Christians typically fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. This practice is rooted in religious tradition and is observed as a way to spiritually prepare and discipline oneself. Fasting on these specific days is seen as a way to honor and follow the example of Jesus Christ, who was crucified on a Friday. It is also believed to be a way to purify the body and mind, and to focus on prayer and repentance. Fasting may involve abstaining from certain foods or limiting the amount consumed, depending on individual beliefs and practices.

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  • 20. 

    Why might Orthodoxy be referred to as "America's best kept secret?"

    • A.

      Because the Orthodox are good at keeping secrets

    • B.

      Because Orthodoxy is often associated with ethnicity

    • C.

      Because there was a popular tv show about Orthodoxy with the same title

    • D.

      Because the Orthodox were heavily persecuted in the U.S. and were forced to go underground

    Correct Answer
    B. Because Orthodoxy is often associated with ethnicity
    Explanation
    Orthodoxy might be referred to as "America's best kept secret" because it is often associated with ethnicity. The Orthodox Church is predominantly made up of immigrant communities, and its traditions and practices are closely tied to specific cultural backgrounds. This association with ethnicity has resulted in the Orthodox Church being less known or understood by the broader American society.

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