Calvin Quiz

john calvinI was asked by the Presbytery of Denver to do a humorous “John Calvin Quiz” tonight on the floor of Presbyterian in honor of John Calvin’s 500th birth year. There are a few references to Zimbabwe, Scotland and England, because there were members from those countries in attendance at the meeting, which explains references to those countries.

I’ll take the challenge out of it: the last answer is always the correct one!

Laugh, learn and enjoy!

1. John Calvin was born in:

(a)  Edinburgh, Scotland

(b)  Harare, Zimbabwe

(c)   London, England

(d)  Louisville, Kentucky (USA)

(e)  Noyon, France

2. Calvin’s birthday falls on a day of celebration. He was born on what day:

(a)  July 4 (American Independence Day)

(b)  July 1 (John Knox preached first sermon in St. Giles)

(c)   March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day)

(d)  February 14 (Valentines Day)

(e)  July 10 (my birthday!)

3. John Calvin was not a contemporary of:

(a) Sir Thomas More (author Utopia);

(b) Copernicus (earth moves around the sun)

(c) Suleiman, the Magnificent (Sultan of Ottoman Empire)

(d) Pope Gregory XIII (Gregorian calendar)

(e) Margaret Thatcher

4. John Calvin was married to a woman named:

(a)  Harmony

(b)  Candy

(c)   Pre-Destiny

(d)  Bambi

(e)  Idelette du Bure

5. John Calvin was originally trained as a:

(a)  Welder

(b)  Veterinarian

(c)   Banker

(d)  Presbytery Executive

(e)  Lawyer

6. Which of the following did he not suffer from:

(a)  Migraine headaches

(b)  Irritable bowel syndrome

(c)   Chronic asthma

(d)  Continual stomach cramps

(e)  Inflamed mucous membrane

(f)    Pleurisy

(g)  Gout

(h)  Colic

(i)    Arthritis

(j)    Nephritis

(k)  Gallstones

(l)    Kidney stones

(m)           H1N1 (Swine Flu)

7. John Calvin’s Institutes were addressed to whom:

(a)  Suleiman, the Magnificent

(b)  Augustine of Hippo

(c)   Susanna Wesley

(d)  Billy Graham

(e)  King Francis I of France

8. John Calvin’s tombstone says:

(a)  In God We Trust

(b)  Do Not Do Today What You Can Put Off Until Tomorrow

(c)   To Err Is Human, To Repent Is Divine

(d)  I Told You I Was Sick

(e)  None of the above (He is buried in unmarked grave at his own request.)

9. The Book of Order says Presbyterians shun ostentation. Calvinists in 16th century Geneva were not allowed to wear decorative jewelry. This gave rise to what industry:

(a)  Swiss Knives

(b)  Swiss Chocolate

(c)   Swiss Cheese

(d)  Swiss Banking

(e)  Divorce Lawyers

(f)    Single-malt Scotch

(g)  Swiss Watches

10. John Calvin’s “coat of arms” or family symbol was:

(a) the Burning Bush (symbol of the Church of Scotland)

(b) a flaming, red, white and blue cross that looks simultaneously like a chalice, a baptismal font and a pulpit, topped with an open Bible with a descending dove (the symbol for the Presbyterian Church USA)

(c) a giant, blue Mustang with flaming red eyes (a statute at Denver’s airport)

(d) a passionate heart on fire held up to God by an open hand!

11. Which of the following is not one of the 5-points of Calvinism?

(a)  T – Total Depravity

(b)  U – Unconditional Election

(c)   L – Limited Atonement

(d)  I – Irresistible Grace

(e)  P – Pass the Offering Plate  (Perseverance of the Saints)

12. Calvin wrote a commentary of every book of the Bible except:

(a)  Genesis, saying Copernicus discovery was playing with his head

(b)  Obadiah, saying he lost “a sword drill” to Luther, who found it faster

(c)   James, questioning whether or not it belonged in the canon

(d)  II Hesitations, recognizing this would cause some to give pause [Note: Calvin did NOT write a commentary on II Hesitations … because it is NOT a book of the Bible. This was a slippery one. You all get 1/2 credit.]

(e)  Revelation, saying he did not really understand it

13. John Calvin last attended church on April 20, 1564, Easter Sunday. He was remembered fondly by his followers for joyfully singing what final hymn with a smile on his face:

(a) Jesus Christ Is Risen Today

(b) A Mighty Fortress is Our God

(c) I Greet Thee who My Sure Redeemer Art

(d) Bohemian Rhapsody

(e) Lord of the Dance

(f) The Nunc Dimittis or the Song of Simeon

Who wrote the following:

“We are not our own: let not our reason nor our will, therefore, sway our plans and deeds. We are not our own: let us therefore not set it as our goal to seek what is expedient for us according to the flesh. We are not our own: in so far as we can, let us therefore forget ourselves and all that is ours. Conversely, we are God’s: let us therefore live for him and die for him. We are God’s: let his wisdom and will therefore rule all our actions. We are God’s: let all the parts of our life accordingly strive toward him as our only lawful goal.” John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, III.VII.1

5 thoughts on “Calvin Quiz

  1. Thought i’d point out 2 things:

    1) i read this blog
    2) Pretty sure the answer to which book Calvin did not write about was II Hesitations. That is NOT the last answer. You wouldn’t want to confuse people or give them pause, would you? 😉

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