Prof. Felix Just, S.J.
Dept. of Theology & Religious Studies
University of San Francisco
Study Guides for Weekly Quizzes
Final Exam (Sec. 2 - Tuesday, 5/16, 8:00-10:30 a.m.; Sec. 1 - Wednesday, 5/17, 12:00-2:30 p.m.; bring your Bible & a small "Blue Book")
Part I (no books, no notes): Objective questions, similar to the weekly quizzes both in content (dates, names, definitions) and in format (multiple choice, fill in blanks, etc.).
Review all the previous quizzes and the rest of the study questions (below) from the quizzes we had throughout the semester.
See esp. the summary/review at the end of our Study Guide for Gilles' textbook, which highlights the most important dates, people & events.
See also the handout of church architectural & liturgical terms (added to the bottom of the Project/Paper webpage).
Part II (open Bible, no other notes ): Several short essays relating some biblical texts to the corresponding topics from Rausch's textbook (see the online Course Schedule).
Part III (you should prepare one side of one page of hand-written, bulleted notes in advance): Two longer essays synthesizing the most important theological topics of the course, as we learned esp. from Rausch, Catholicism. Prepare all six of the following topics; each version of the final exam will include three of the following (randomly chosen), and you will then be able to choose two of them for your longer written essays:
What are the most important core beliefs & common practices of Christianity? What is central to all Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant Xns?
What are some of the most important differences in theology & praxis between Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, and Reformed Xns?
What was (and still is) the impact of the Second Vatican Council for world-wide Christianity (both for the Catholic Church and for others)?
Describe the typical processes of "Christian Initiation" (Baptism-Confirmation-Eucharist)? What are the main differences between Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants? Differences within Catholicism for infants vs. adults?
Describe the wide variety of Christian "vocations" (four main types). How does God "call" Christians to live, as religious & lay people? What historical and cultural differences have there been?
What is the "Bible" and what is its role in Christianity? How are "Scripture" and "Tradition" related in Catholic understanding vs. in the understanding of most Protestant Christians?
Quiz 1 (Wed. 2/1):
From the Powerpoint Presentation: "What is Theology?" (slightly
revised Jan. 27, 2006)
What are the root meanings (from Greek) and the definitions of
"Philosophy" and "Theology"?
Know the definitions of the 10 "-isms" (types of belief in God or
From the Powerpoint Presentation: "Faith and Religion"
Know which world religions are considered "Eastern Religions" vs.
Study the details on the two slides about the three main "Western Religions."
From the Catholic Study Bible (RG pp. 1-8) and the "Biblical Glossary"
What, basically, are the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, Old Testament, Deuterocanonical/Apocryphal
books, and New Testament?
Name the three main divisions of the Hebrew Bible, and the four main divisions
of the Old Testament.
From the Catholic Study Bible (RG 9-12, 31-35) and the "Judeo-Christian
The Foundations of Israel: esp. 1800, 1250, 1000, 587 BC; the Patriarchs, Exodus,
Monarchy, Babylonian Exile, respectively.
The Temple of Jerusalem: esp. 970, 587, 520 BC, and 70 AD (built, destroyed,
rebuilt, destroyed again)
From the Catholic Study Bible (RG 36-54, 74-84, 115-119) and the "Covenants
and Pillars of Judaism" webpage:
What is a "Covenant"? What are the main covenants associated with
Abraham, Moses, and David?
What are the seven "Pillars" of Ancient Judaism? (inter-connected
with the "covenants")
Quiz 2 (Wed. 2/8):
New Testament Canon (see webpage):
Total of 27 books, all originally in Greek; know the arrangement of the main
categories (Gospels, Acts, etc.).
Know the stages of the formation and transmission of the NT (esp. the
first four stages).
Jesus and the Gospels (esp. Mark; see RG 405-417):
What is the historical/geographical outline of the ministry of Jesus,
according to the Synoptic Gospels?
What are the most important events/actions of Jesus' life? What are
his most important teachings?
The Early Church (esp. Acts, see RG 451-469):
What major events happened in (or around) the years 4 BC, and 30, 50,
70, 90, and 110 AD? [birth & death of Jesus; don't confuse the Council of Jerusalem
and the Council of Jamnia; see the history webpage]
Who were the most important early Christian leaders, and what did each
of them do? (Peter, James & John, 12 Apostles, Mary Magdalene & other women,
Stephen, Barnabas, Saul/Paul, James of Jerusalem, etc.; the main characters in
the Acts of the Apostles)
Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Geography (see webpage & handout):
Identify the following countries (and cities) on a map: Iraq, Egypt,
Israel (Jerusalem), Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy (Rome).
Where and how did early Christianity spread? What is the "theological
geography" of the Acts of the Apostles? (see RG 454)
Quiz 3 (Wed. 2/15):
Biblical Archaeology & Geography (see CSB, Ref. 467-477)
What are the main geographical zones or "natural divisions" of Israel/Palestine
(four N/S strips)?
Where is Israel/Palestine located in relation to the main Middle Eastern empires
throughout the OT period?
In contrast, where is Israel/Palestine located in relation to the Roman Empire
of the Early Christian period?
Catholicism and Vatican II (see Rausch,
Catholicism in the Third Millennium, Intro & Chap. 1)
What are the various historical uses and meanings of the words "catholic"
What were the major features (positive & negative) of Catholicism in the
early 20th Century?
When and what was the Second Vatican Council (a.k.a. Vatican II)?
What were the main renewal movements that lead up to the Council?
What were the main goals of Pope John XXIII for the Council?
What are the four main "Constitutions" and some other significant
documents of Vatican