Multiple Choice Sample Questions
1) When St. Paul refers to the chalice as a “cup of blessing” from which we drink, St. John Chrysostom tells us that by “blessed” the Apostle means to say:
2) If the woman is subject to the man (1 Cor 11:3), she is of lesser value than he.
Oral Exam Sample Questions
3) List the segments of the sacrament of baptism in order.
– The Sanctification of the Baptismal Water
– The Absolution of the Mother (if the baptized is a baby and his mother)
– The Baptismal Prayers
– The Actual Baptism using the sanctified water
4) Why does the devil try and make us hate people instead of sin, or patients instead of disease? Give four reasons that St. John Chrysostom listed.
– To tear us apart from one another
– To take away love
– To prevent the situation from being corrected so that we remain in error and enmity
– To break up the path of salvation
5) Explain the story of Namaan, How is it related to baptism?
It may be objected, “What does mere water do when a person is immersed in it?” One might just as well ask, what does water do when poured into the boiler? The water in the boiler can do nothing of and by itself, nor can the water in the baptistery, but when the water in the boiler is united with the mind of an engineer, it can drive an engine across a continent or a ship across the sea.
So too, when water is united with the power of the Holy Spirit, it can give regeneration and spiritual cleansing. Those who think that the effectiveness of baptism depends on the water alone bring to mind the story of Naaman (2 Kings 5), the commander of the Syrian army, who was a leper. This man came to Elisha the Prophet to be healed from leprosy so he told him, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean” (2 Kings 5:10). Naaman was insulted and became furious; he said angrily, “Are not the Abanah and the Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” (2 Kings 5:12). His servants, however, said to him, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash and be clean’?” (2 Kings 5:13). So Naaman went down and dipped in the Jordan and he was healed!
Likewise, if the blind man from birth had questioned the words of Lord Jesus about washing in the pool of Siloam (Jn 9:11), he would have remained blind. Our Lord emphasized the relation between the water and the Spirit (Jn 3:5-6) thus baptismal water is not to be considered mere water for “There are three that bear witness on earth: The Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one” (1 Jn 5:7).