Thomas Trivia


1.       Thomas was born in …

a.       Sicily

b.      Paris

c.       Rome

d.      Assisi

2.      Thomas’s first students were:

a.       Postulants to a religious order

b.      His younger sisters

c.       High school students

d.      Advanced scholars seminar

3.      Thomas’s animal nickname was:

a.       Ox

b.      Fox

c.       Owl

d.      Fowl

4.      January 28th is his feast day. Why was that date chosen?

a.       His date of birth

b.      His date of death

c.       The publication of the Summa Theologica

d.      His “dogmatic” rehabilitation by Pope Pius IV

5.      Thomas was a priest with the …

a.       Jesuits

b.      Dominicans

c.       Benedictines

d.      His home diocese

6.      Thomas’s family opposed his vocation. How did he finally escape his mother?

a.       Escaped through a window in the middle of the night

b.      Disguised himself as a woman

c.       Asked his brother to seal him in an empty wine casket

d.      She died

7.      Thomas was canonized in the year:

a.       1324

b.      1563

c.       1609

d.      1870

Bonus question: Name one of Thomas’s saintly contemporaries:

The staff at my home parish took a trivia test this morning to celebrate our patronal feast. How will you non-Thomists fare? Answers tomorrow morning, probably.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Thomas Trivia

  1. 1. A (actually, in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, but not actually on the island).

    2. B

    3. A

    4. E — none of the above? It is the date of the translation of his relics. Perhaps this counts as his rehabilitation.

    5. B

    6. A — at least according to some legends. Most historians now say the family just relented after a year and let him go.

    7. A — though I have seen 1323 given as the date.

  2. Todd says:

    Regarding #4, I read in the Catholic encyclopedia that it was the anniversary of the publication of the Summa Theologica, one of the rare cases in which a saint is not honored on the date of death. But otherwise, no quibble on the answers.

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