Quiz about The Parables of Jesus
Quiz about The Parables of Jesus

The Parables of Jesus Trivia Quiz


Jesus often used parables to explain what He wished to say. This quiz centres on those parables that He related. All references come from the Catholic Bible.

A multiple-choice quiz by rialto88. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
rialto88
Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
144,851
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. What does the word "parable" mean? Hint

a fable
a spiritual truth conveyed as a story or figurative expression
a historical relation of real events
an anecdote

2. Jesus taught "the parable of the sower". Which of the following was not mentioned as a type of ground that the sower's seed fell on? Hint

good ground
prepared, fertilized ground
ground with thorns growing
rocky ground

3. Jesus taught "the parable of the hidden treasure in a field". According to Saint Matthew, what is the first thing that the person who finds this hidden treasure does? Hint

calls his neighbours and has a party
hides it
does a "land search" at the local Land Registry to see who owns the field
carries it on his mule to market and sells it

4. Jesus now tells the parable of "the pearl of great price". What does the merchant do when he finds this pearl? Hint

hides it away
speaks to the lawyers
sells all that he has and buys it
gets married

5. Jesus relates "the parable of the mustard seed". How does Jesus describe the mustard seed? Hint

rather lovely to the eye
one drachma a sack at the local store
the smallest of all the seeds (a grain)
very big (almost a pebble)

6. Jesus teaches "the parable of seed that grows of itself". Is the seed ever harvested?

Yes
No

7. In the relation of "the parable of the Good Samaritan" what spiritual principle from the following was Jesus confirming? Hint

Beware of robbers.
Take care of your friends.
Beware of rip-off prices at inns.
He was answering the question 'who is my neighbour?'

8. In "the parable of the lost sheep" what does the man do who has a hundred sheep and finds one of them missing? Hint

cries
thanks God for the other ninety-nine sheep
goes and finds it
cancels that evening's barbecue

9. In "the parable of the prodigal son" what does the word "prodigal" mean? Hint

repentant, desirous of forgiveness
lost, in need of finding, far off
returning, homebound or changed in opinion
reckless, wasteful or lavish

10. In "the parable of the talents" what happens to the servant who (according to his ability) is given one talent (the unit of money at the time) by his Master and goes and buries it safely in the ground until the master's return? Hint

the bankers are sent round to deal with him
he is given one more
he is cast out from the Master's presence
he stays in the Master's service


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What does the word "parable" mean?

Answer: a spiritual truth conveyed as a story or figurative expression

Jesus Christ used these "parables" to immense effect and success (note the way that they are still remembered). Jesus spoke to simple people such as farmers and fishermen and needed to put a picture in their minds that related to concepts and events that were part of their everyday lives. Jesus was a teacher (the finest ever) and was using one of the best teaching techniques known to convey information that would be remembered. Fables talk of worldly wisdom, while Jesus used parables to convey spiritual wisdom.
2. Jesus taught "the parable of the sower". Which of the following was not mentioned as a type of ground that the sower's seed fell on?

Answer: prepared, fertilized ground

Please see Matthew Ch. 13:3-9, also Mark Ch. 4:3-20 and Luke Ch. 8:5-15. The fourth type of ground mentioned was "the wayside". In this parable He was using vivid imagery that would live on in the community to show how the "word of God" would not be accepted by all the people that it was preached to and how only certain people would benefit in the correct way from the teachings of God. We can well imagine that there were many farmers listening carefully and identifying with this parable so real to their own experiences of farming. (Please note again that all references are taken from the Catholic Bible.)
3. Jesus taught "the parable of the hidden treasure in a field". According to Saint Matthew, what is the first thing that the person who finds this hidden treasure does?

Answer: hides it

Please see Matthew Ch. 13:44. Saint Matthew quotes Jesus as saying "The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, he who finds it hides it, and in his joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field". Clearly the law of the time would have justified a "finder's keepers" principle if the land were bought in this way. Again, you can imagine farmers sitting there thinking how lovely it would be if this happened to them in the material world and then hopefully realizing the real spiritual message coming over for them.
4. Jesus now tells the parable of "the pearl of great price". What does the merchant do when he finds this pearl?

Answer: sells all that he has and buys it

Please see Matthew Ch. 13:45-46. Saint Matthew quotes Jesus as saying " Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he finds a single pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it". Pearls were greatly prized at this time and you can imagine what went through the mind of a merchant discovering his dream come true. Nothing would stop him and so it is with the Kingdom of Heaven, says Jesus, if you knew the kingdom as He so clearly knew it.
5. Jesus relates "the parable of the mustard seed". How does Jesus describe the mustard seed?

Answer: the smallest of all the seeds (a grain)

Please see Matthew Ch. 13:31-33, also Mark Ch. 4:30-32 and Luke Ch. 13:18-21. Saint Matthew quotes Jesus as saying of the seed "... but when it grows up it is larger than any herb and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and dwell in its branches". Thus Jesus describes the Kingdom to people well acquainted with such concepts.
6. Jesus teaches "the parable of seed that grows of itself". Is the seed ever harvested?

Answer: Yes

This is Mark Ch. 4:26-9. Saint Mark quotes Jesus as saying " ...For of itself the earth bears the crop, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the fruit is ripe, immediately he puts in the sickle because the harvest has come." Thus Jesus is quoted concerning the Kingdom of Heaven.
7. In the relation of "the parable of the Good Samaritan" what spiritual principle from the following was Jesus confirming?

Answer: He was answering the question 'who is my neighbour?'

Please see Luke Ch.10:25-37. Before relating the parable of how the man had been fully helped by the Samaritan who found him beaten upon the road, Jesus had been asked by "a certain lawyer" "And who is my neighbour?". Jesus concluded by asking this lawyer "Which of these three (the Samaritan or a priest or a Levite who had passed the injured man by), in thy opinion, proved himself neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?".

At this time the Samartitan would by reason of his background have been the least likely (of the three persons who passed) to befriend this man. Clearly, very clearly from experience, this also tells us something of God's own love for each one of us.
8. In "the parable of the lost sheep" what does the man do who has a hundred sheep and finds one of them missing?

Answer: goes and finds it

Please see Matthew Ch. 18:12-14 and also Luke Ch. 15:4-7. This is of course where the Jesus Christ gains the wonderful title of the "Good Shepherd", for He is first and foremost speaking of Himself here. Saint Luke quotes Jesus as saying "I say to you that, even so, there will be joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents, more than over ninety-nine just who who have no need of repentance".
9. In "the parable of the prodigal son" what does the word "prodigal" mean?

Answer: reckless, wasteful or lavish

Please see Luke Ch. 15:11-32. This is one of the most famous parables and terms and concepts from it have moved into our daily vocabulary. The son who takes his share of the family fortune and squanders it and then returns home at last hoping for help. Saint Luke quotes Jesus as saying that the father told his other son "..but we were bound to make merry and rejoice, for this thy brother was dead, and has come to life; he was lost and is found".
10. In "the parable of the talents" what happens to the servant who (according to his ability) is given one talent (the unit of money at the time) by his Master and goes and buries it safely in the ground until the master's return?

Answer: he is cast out from the Master's presence

Please see Matthew Ch. 25:14-30. This is also a very famous parable. Jesus is talking about the correct use of that which is available to us. The Master says of this servant "But as for the unprofitable servant, cast him forth into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth". Jesus here is clearly alluding to hell as being a state away from His presence. Jesus also seems to be telling us to use our talents to the full use that they were given to us by God to use. Bearing in mind other scripture, we seem to be meant not to stop others from using their talents.

The figurative sense of the word talent (as opposed to the older meaning that referred to an amount of money) is thought to have developed in reference to this story, and was in use by the middle of the 15th century.
Source: Author rialto88

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