Test Your Knowledge Regarding Lent – A Quiz by

09 Mar 2011

1. What biblical event does the time of Lent represent?
A. The forty days Moses spent on Mount Sinai with God (Exodus 24:18)
B. Jesus retreated into the wilderness, where he fasted for forty days, and was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-2, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-2)
C. The forty days and nights Elijah spent walking to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8)

2. What forms does penance take in Christian life?
A. Penance can be expressed in many and various ways
B. Penance can be expressed in many and various ways but above all in fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
C. by abstaining from meat on Fridays

3. Which is the first day of Lent?
A. Ash Wednesday
B. Valentine’s Day
C. Shrove Tuesday
D. Maundy Thursday

4. What is the original meaning of Lent?
A. Autumn
B. Spring
C. Fast
D. Penance

5. Which is the last Sunday of Lent?
A. Easter Sunday
B. Whit Sunday
C. Palm Sunday
D. Pentecost Sunday

6. Lent is known to be 40 days long even though from Ash Wednesday to the last Saturday of the season it is 46 days. Why?
A. Sundays are not included
B. Mondays are not included
C. Counting error
D. Saturdays are not included

7. Which feast day always comes during Lent?
A. Annunciation
B. Assumption
C. St. Joseph’s Feast
D. Presentation

8. How is ash for Ash Wednesday made?
A. By burning palms used during previous Palm Sunday
B. By burning logs
C. By burning books
D. By burning clothes

9. On which day is Chrism Mass?
A. Ash Wednesday
B. Maundy Thursday
C. Good Friday
D. Palm Sunday

10. When thinking about the liturgy what is different about Good Friday?
A. Day of fast
B. Day of abstinence
C. Day of penance
D. Day when mass is not celebrated

11. Which devotion has special place during Lent?
A. Novena
B. Triduum
C. Stations of the cross
D. Retreat

12. Which of the following does not take place on Good Friday?
A. Intercessory prayers
B. reading from the scriptures
C. Consecration
D. Veneration of the cross

13. Which two people appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration?
A. Abraham & Noah
B. Abraham & Adam
C. Elijah & Elisha
D. Moses & Elijah

14. Which three disciples went with Jesus to the Mountain?
A. Peter, James & John
B. Matthew, Mark & Luke
C. Matthew, Luke & John
D. None of the Above

15. What did Luke say the two Old Testament Saints were discussing with Jesus?
A. Their time in heaven
B. He didn’t say
C. His departure in Jerusalem
D. The end of the world

16. What did the Father call Jesus on the Mountain?
A. The greatest prophet ever
B. The Son of Man
C. The Word made flesh
D. My beloved Son

17. The Romans got involved in the case regarding the trial of Jesus because…
A. The Jewish authorities couldn’t execute
B. They didn’t agree with Jewish justice
C. They were the Conquering army
D. They were particular about such things

18. When Pilate wanted to let Jesus go, the Jewish authorities said he would be
A. no friend of Caesar
B. out of some bribe money
C. in trouble with his wife
D. looking for work

19. The cause of death listed for a crucified man would be…
A. asphyxiation
B. shock
C. loss of blood
D. heart attack

20. After the resurrection the total number of witnesses who saw Jesus alive was about
A. 500+
B. 100
C. 25
D. 12


1 .Answer (B) From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church question 106. The temptations of Jesus in the desert recapitulate the temptation of Adam in Paradise and the temptations of Israel in the desert. Satan tempts Jesus in regard to his obedience to the mission given him by the Father. Christ, the new Adam, resists and his victory proclaims that of his passion which is the supreme obedience of his filial love. The Church unites herself to this mystery in a very special way in the liturgical season of Lent.
2. Answer (B) From the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church Question 301 “Penance can be expressed in many and various ways but above all in fasting, prayer and almsgiving.”
3. Answer (A) Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.
4. Answer (B) The Teutonic word Lent, which we employ to denote the forty days’ fast preceding Easter, originally meant no more than the spring season.
5. Answer (C) Palm sunday if the last Sunday before Easter.
6. Answer (A) Sundays are not included in the 40 days of Lent.
7. Answer (C) St Joseph’s Feast always falls in the season of Lent.
8. Answer (A) From burning the Palms from the previous Palm Sunday
9. Answer (B) Maundy Thursday is also known as Chrism Mass or Holy Thursday
10. Answer (D) On Good Friday we remember the day Jesus was crucified. In The Latin Rite there is no celebration of Mass between the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening and the Easter Vigil unless a special exemption is granted for rare solemn or grave occasions by the Vatican or the local bishop. The only sacraments celebrated during this time are Baptism (for those in danger of death), Penance, and Anointing of the Sick. While there is no celebration of the Eucharist, it is distributed to the faithful only in the Service of the Passion of the Lord, but can also be taken at any hour to the sick who are unable to attend this service.
11. Answer (C) The devotion that has a special place during lent is the stations of the cross, where you meditate on the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus. The stations of the cross may be done at any time, but is most commonly done during the Season of Lent, especially on Good Friday and on Friday evenings during Lent.
12. Answer (C) The consecration does not take place on Good Friday, that is there is no consecration on Good Friday, because Good Friday is more of a service than a mass. it is the liturgy of the word (with veneration of the cross) and a communion service, you receive the Eucharist which has been consecrated the day before it is not consecrated on Good Friday.
13. Answer (D) Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus on Mount Tahbor where they talked about what was about to be accomplished on the cross.
14. Answer (A) See Luke 9:28
15. Answer (C) Luke 9:31 they were speaking of his departure,(that is his death), which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.
16. Answer (D) My beloved Son (Luke 9:35)
17. Answer (A) The Sanhedrin could order arrests and maintained their own police force but any form of capital punishment required the confirmation of the procurator, as in the case of Jesus.
18. Answer (A) no friend of Caesar
19. Answer (A) asphyxiation
20. Answer (A) Over 500 people saw Jesus alive after the crucifixion