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Quiz about Missionary Position
Quiz about Missionary Position

Missionary Position Trivia Quiz


Can you recall (or work out) where each of these people held a position as a Christian missionary?

A multiple-choice quiz by looney_tunes. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
looney_tunes
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
333,726
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was one of the co-founders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). On what very large continent did he spend the last ten years of his life in missionary activities? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649) spent a number of years working as a missionary with the Huron people. In which country did he carry out this work? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Junipero Serra (1713-1784) is buried where he died, at the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, also known as the Carmel Mission, which had been headquarters for his missionary efforts since 1770. What is the current name of the country in which he carried out the sometimes-controversial missionary work for which he is best remembered? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. William Carey (1761-1834) translated the Bible into Bengali and Sanskrit, among other languages, during his missionary work in a Danish colony in what country? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Samuel Marsden (1765-1838) was the senior Anglican minister of Australia from 1800 until his death. In which nearby country is he thought to have been the first to introduce Christianity to the Maori people? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. David Livingstone (1813-1873) was a Scottish Congregationalist medical missionary and explorer who may be most familiar from the words supposedly used by Henry Morton Stanley when the two met on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in 1871: "Dr Livingstone, I presume?" On which continent did he conduct his work as a missionary and explorer? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Father Damien (1840-1889) is also known as Saint Damien of Molokai for his work with lepers on the island of Molokai. In which kingdom, now a US state, did he carry out his missionary work? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) studied to obtain a medical degree so that he would be qualified to work as a medical missionary at the French colony of Lambaréné, on the Ogooué River. What is the modern-day name of the African country where he founded the Albert Schweitzer Hospital? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) was born in West Virginia to missionary parents. When she was three months old, they returned with her to the country where they had been carrying out their work. Their family life was disturbed by the Boxer Rebellion in between 1898 and 1901. In what country did she experience a bilingual childhood with her family? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (1910-1997), also known as Mother Teresa, established the Missionaries of Charity in the city where she spent over 45 years caring for the poor and sick. With which Indian city is she associated? Hint



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1. Francis Xavier (1506-1552) was one of the co-founders of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). On what very large continent did he spend the last ten years of his life in missionary activities?

Answer: Asia

Saint Francis Xavier, born Francisco de Jasso y Azpilicueta, was one of the original seven members of the Society of Jesus, and is associated with his extensive missionary work in a number of Asian countries. These included Portuguese colonies in India, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), Indonesia, China and Japan. He is the patron saint of Roman Catholic missionaries in foreign lands, as well as being a patron saint for countries including Australia, India, Mongolia, New Zealand and Pakistan (some of which have multiple patrons).
2. Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649) spent a number of years working as a missionary with the Huron people. In which country did he carry out this work?

Answer: Canada

Jean de Brébeuf arrived in Canada in 1625, where he lived with the Huron people. He became an expert in their customs, writing a dictionary for the Huron language as part of his efforts to make meaningful contact so as to make converts to Christianity.

In 1643 he wrote "The Huron Carol", a Christmas carol of which a modified version is still sung today. War between the Hurons and the Iroquois led to his capture, torture and death in 1649 along with fellow Jesuit missionary Gabriel Lallemant.
3. Junipero Serra (1713-1784) is buried where he died, at the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, also known as the Carmel Mission, which had been headquarters for his missionary efforts since 1770. What is the current name of the country in which he carried out the sometimes-controversial missionary work for which he is best remembered?

Answer: United States

Miquel Josep Serra i Ferrer, born in Majorca, Spain, took on the name 'Junipero' in honor of Saint Juniper when he became a Franciscan friar. In 1749 he started his work in North America, teaching in Mexico City and establishing missions in other parts of Mexico before being sent to Baja California in 1768.

In 1769 he established a chain of missions, stretching from San Diego to San Francisco, in Alta California (now the US state of California) with headquarters in what is now Monterey. Some Native American groups opposed his beatification (one stage of the progression to sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church) in 1988 on the grounds that the missions led to major cultural losses among native Californians, as well as providing harsh living conditions including beatings.
4. William Carey (1761-1834) translated the Bible into Bengali and Sanskrit, among other languages, during his missionary work in a Danish colony in what country?

Answer: India

William Carey, one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society, was an English Baptist missionary who spent the years from 1800 to 1834 in the Danish colony of Serampore, India. During that time, the missionary society was engaged in the business of converting Hindus to Christianity, a task which included the translation of the Bible (either in its entirety or in part) into 44 local languages and dialects. Serampore College was founded in 1818 to train indigenous ministers, as well as to provide a general education for all. Following internal dissent within the mission, Carey moved out of the mission property and lived on the college grounds for his final years.

Greenland, modern-day Ghana and the Danish West Indies were also Danish colonies, but in none of them would Bengali or Sanskrit have been an appropriate choice of language for a Bible translation.
5. Samuel Marsden (1765-1838) was the senior Anglican minister of Australia from 1800 until his death. In which nearby country is he thought to have been the first to introduce Christianity to the Maori people?

Answer: New Zealand

Samuel Marsden, born in Yorkshire, was a prominent figure in the early days of the Australian colony of New South Wales, not only as a minister but also as a farmer and magistrate, following his arrival in Parramatta in 1794. His use of convict labor and his reputation for setting harsh punishments (he was known as 'the flogging parson') made him a controversial figure even in his own time.

As the New South Wales agent for the Church Missionary Society, he established a mission in 1814 in the Bay of Islands, hoping to keep the Maori locals from being corrupted by exposure to the small number of non-observant Europeans who had settled there.

He claimed to have been the first person to celebrate a Christian worship service in New Zealand. In 1819 he planted grape vines in Kerikeri, which are considered to have been the start of New Zealand's wine industry.
6. David Livingstone (1813-1873) was a Scottish Congregationalist medical missionary and explorer who may be most familiar from the words supposedly used by Henry Morton Stanley when the two met on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in 1871: "Dr Livingstone, I presume?" On which continent did he conduct his work as a missionary and explorer?

Answer: Africa

The renowned explorer had wanted to go to China as a missionary, but the Opium Wars made that impossible. A meeting with Robert Moffat inspired him to go to South Africa in 1841 and expand the existing missions northwards. From 1852 to 1856 he concentrated on exploration rather than missionary work, becoming one of the first Europeans to cross Africa at (or near) the equator, from Luanda (now the capital of Angola) on the Atlantic Ocean to Quelimane (in modern Mozambique) near the mouth of the Zambezi River on the Indian Ocean. Most of the rest of his time in Africa was spent in a combination of exploration and missionary work, with the primary focus being exploration.

He failed in his quest to open the Zambezi River to commercial traffic, then attempted to locate the source of the Nile.

It was during this attempt (which lasted from 1866 to 1871) that he lost contact with civilization, leading the "New York Herald" to send Stanley to locate him.
7. Father Damien (1840-1889) is also known as Saint Damien of Molokai for his work with lepers on the island of Molokai. In which kingdom, now a US state, did he carry out his missionary work?

Answer: Hawaii

Jozef de Veuster was a Belgian priest who took on the name Brother Damien when he became a member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, a missionary order of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1864 he took the place of his brother Auguste as part of a mission to the (then) kingdom of Hawaii.

In 1865 the government established leper colonies on Molokai in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease amongst native islanders. Father Damien volunteered to minister to the colony at Kalaupapa, arriving there in 1873.

He remained there, working tirelessly for the benefit of the sick, until his death from leprosy (also known as Hansen's disease) in 1889.
8. Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) studied to obtain a medical degree so that he would be qualified to work as a medical missionary at the French colony of Lambaréné, on the Ogooué River. What is the modern-day name of the African country where he founded the Albert Schweitzer Hospital?

Answer: Gabon

The Alsatian-born Schweitzer had difficulty gaining a position as a missionary, because the French Missionary Society felt his Lutheran theology was suspect. After he added a medical degree to his qualifications, he approached committee members individually, and was eventually accepted.

He and his wife established the Albert Schweitzer hospital in 1913. They were forced to leave in 1917 due to World War I, and he returned in 1924 (now a French citizen) to restore the hospital to working order.

Much of the rest of his life was dedicated to maintaining the hospital, as well as continuing the musical and Bible studies for which he was renowned, campaigning against colonialism, and propounding his philosophy of 'reverence for life'. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.
9. Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973) was born in West Virginia to missionary parents. When she was three months old, they returned with her to the country where they had been carrying out their work. Their family life was disturbed by the Boxer Rebellion in between 1898 and 1901. In what country did she experience a bilingual childhood with her family?

Answer: China

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck was also known by the Chinese name of Sau Zhenzhu. From 1914 to 1933 she carried on the family tradition of working as a Presbyterian missionary in China, but resigned amidst theological controversy about the role of missionaries in the modern world.

She is perhaps best known as an award-winning author of books set in China, including "The Good Earth" for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932. She received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938, the first American woman to receive that honor.
10. Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (1910-1997), also known as Mother Teresa, established the Missionaries of Charity in the city where she spent over 45 years caring for the poor and sick. With which Indian city is she associated?

Answer: Kolkata (Calcutta)

After joining the Loreto Sisters as a missionary at the age of 18, Agnes first learned English and then began her novitiate in Darjeeling, where she had to learn Bengali. From 1937, she worked in a Loreto school in Kolkota, but became increasingly aware that education was not addressing the serious problems associated with the poverty surrounding her.

In 1948 she became an Indian citizen, began her missionary work, and started seeking permission to establish her new order, the Missionaries of Charity, which was granted in 1950. Mother Teresa was a revered yet controversial figure.

She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, along with a number of other honors, for her work; the order has expanded to operate over 600 missions in over 100 countries, all providing essential services such as schools, hospitals, hospices, soup kitchens, orphanages, and more for the poor.

She has, however, also been criticized for her hard-line stance against contraception and abortion, and her belief in the spiritual benefits of poverty, both positions that sat well with traditional Catholic values as opposed to more humanist attitudes towards social work.
Source: Author looney_tunes

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