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Quiz about Christian Communion Through the Ages
Quiz about Christian Communion Through the Ages

Christian Communion Through the Ages Quiz


This quiz explores differing beliefs regarding communion, from the last supper Jesus had with his disciples, down through the ages until today.

A multiple-choice quiz by chessart. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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chessart
Time
4 mins
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320,430
Updated
Dec 03 21
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Question 1 of 10
1. The Christian tradition of communion is based on the last supper, when Jesus fed (unleavened) bread and wine to his disciples, asking that they eat and drink in remembrance of him. This occurred during the celebration of which Jewish holiday? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Where did Jesus ask his disciples to go for the last supper meal? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The Last Supper has been memorably depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting of the same name. In this painting, which disciple is shown as having his elbows on the table? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. The Catholic church has traditionally believed that when believers partake of the bread and wine during communion, they are actually eating the body of Christ and drinking his blood. What is the name for this belief? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Martin Luther questioned many Catholic beliefs and practices when he posted his famous 95 theses. Luther's belief about communion was that Christ was present, but the bread and wine did not actually turn into his body and blood. What analogy did Luther use to explain his belief? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Which modern-day Christian group does not practice communion? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Communion is often known as the Eucharist. This term is derived from the Greek word eucharista, which means what? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The Presbyterian view of communion is a middle ground between the extremes of the Roman Catholic view, on the one hand, and the Anabaptist view, on the other hand. Who is the spiritual forefather who first articulated this Presbyterian view? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. In a 78-page encyclical letter issued in April of 2003, Pope John Paul II wrote about the issue of communion in the Catholic church. Which group was singled out for special attention in this encyclical? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The issue of communion burst into the headlines in the United States in 2004 when one of the candidates for national office was denied communion by the Catholic Church because of his support for abortion rights. Who was this candidate? Hint



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1. The Christian tradition of communion is based on the last supper, when Jesus fed (unleavened) bread and wine to his disciples, asking that they eat and drink in remembrance of him. This occurred during the celebration of which Jewish holiday?

Answer: Passover

Passover in the Jewish tradition commemorates the time when the tenth plague was inflicted upon the Egyptians, this being the killing of the firstborn. The Hebrews were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a spring lamb, and seeing this the spirit of the Lord would spare them, or "pass over" them.

Although Christian tradition does not stress that the bread was unleavened, it would have been - Jewish custom forbids the consumption of leavened bread at Passover.
2. Where did Jesus ask his disciples to go for the last supper meal?

Answer: The Upper Room

This is described in Mark 14:15. The Upper Room is also the name of a popular daily devotional guide that has been published since 1935.
3. The Last Supper has been memorably depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting of the same name. In this painting, which disciple is shown as having his elbows on the table?

Answer: Judas

All twelve disciples are shown in this great painting; they are depicted in four groups of three each. It is unclear to what extent da Vinci's depiction has influenced modern etiquette rules, which tell us not to put our elbows on the table at meals.
4. The Catholic church has traditionally believed that when believers partake of the bread and wine during communion, they are actually eating the body of Christ and drinking his blood. What is the name for this belief?

Answer: transubstantiation

The term "transubstantiation" began to be widely used during the twelfth century. At the Fourth Council of the Lateran, convened by Pope Innocent III in 1215, the church formally endorsed this term by stating that "His body and blood are truly contained in the sacrament of the altar under the forms of bread and wine, the bread and wine having been transubstantiated, by God's power, into his body and blood."
5. Martin Luther questioned many Catholic beliefs and practices when he posted his famous 95 theses. Luther's belief about communion was that Christ was present, but the bread and wine did not actually turn into his body and blood. What analogy did Luther use to explain his belief?

Answer: red hot iron

Luther explained that if you put a piece of iron into a fire, it will become red hot. Although this combines the iron and the fire, each nevertheless retains its own separate identity. So it is with communion, according to Luther.
6. Which modern-day Christian group does not practice communion?

Answer: Quakers (Society of Friends)

Quakers do not practice either baptism or communion. They choose to believe instead that the whole of life is sacramental, and they therefore refuse to designate any particular observance or practice as being more sacred than any other. The frequency of communion in the other choices varies widely, from every Sunday for the Mormons, to four times a year for the Seventh-day Adventists, to once a year for the Jehovah's Witnesses (and then only the 144,000 members called the "anointed class" have the right to participate).
7. Communion is often known as the Eucharist. This term is derived from the Greek word eucharista, which means what?

Answer: thanksgiving

This term is used by Mark, Matthew and Luke in their accounts of the last supper. Hence, it is not surprising that second-century Christian writers used Eucharist as their standard name for this meal.
8. The Presbyterian view of communion is a middle ground between the extremes of the Roman Catholic view, on the one hand, and the Anabaptist view, on the other hand. Who is the spiritual forefather who first articulated this Presbyterian view?

Answer: John Calvin

John Calvin (1509-1564) was one of the major figures of the Protestant Reformation. Although born in France, he emigrated to Switzerland, where he did most of his work during the Reformation, including writing his book "Institutes of the Christian Religion". Calvin rejected both the Catholic view of transubstantiation, and the Lutheran view of sacramental union.

But neither did he accept the Anabaptist view, which held that communion was (only) a symbolic way of renewing one's covenant with God and with each other. Calvin stressed the presence of the Holy Spirit during the communion service.
9. In a 78-page encyclical letter issued in April of 2003, Pope John Paul II wrote about the issue of communion in the Catholic church. Which group was singled out for special attention in this encyclical?

Answer: divorced people who have remarried

The teaching of the Catholic church is that that those who remarry after divorce are living in sin unless they refrain from sex. Since this is a public sin, and the policy of the church is the non-admission of public sinners to the Eucharist, it follows that this group should be denied communion, according to the Pope.
10. The issue of communion burst into the headlines in the United States in 2004 when one of the candidates for national office was denied communion by the Catholic Church because of his support for abortion rights. Who was this candidate?

Answer: John Kerry

The Boston Archbishop issued a statement in 2003 that pro-choice Catholics are in a state of grave sin and should not take communion. Following up on that, the St. Louis Archbishop forbade Kerry from taking communion while Kerry was campaigning in the area in February of 2004. Needless to say, a huge controversy ensued.
Source: Author chessart

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