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Key Events in the
Life of Jesus
The Paschal Mystery Course
Document # TX001340
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: Woman who says yes to God’s invitation
to become the Mother of God
A: Mary (of Nazareth)
Feedback: Mary was a young woman,
betrothed, but not yet married.
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: Heavenly beings who announce Jesus’
birth
A: angels
Feedback: Jesus’ birth is announced to
Mary, to Joseph in a dream, and to
shepherds when he is born.
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: Number of Apostles Jesus calls
A: twelve
Feedback: The Gospel of Luke says that
these Twelve are chosen from among all of
Jesus’ disciples.
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: Job or work of the brothers first called by
Jesus
A: fishing
Feedback: Andrew and Peter and James
and John are fishing when Jesus calls them.
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: Two items in the meal that feeds a crowd
of five thousand men
A: bread and fish
Feedback: In another narrative, four
thousand men are fed. These figures don’t
include the women and children present.
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: A skin disease Jesus healed; those with
this condition were outcasts
A: leprosy
Feedback: Jesus heals many other
conditions, including blindness, lameness,
and conditions that seem to be
schizophrenia and epilepsy.
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: Meal Jesus eats with his followers before
his arrest; the title of many artworks
A: the Last Supper
Feedback: Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last
Supper is the most famous of many
depictions of this Passover meal.
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: The Apostle who betrays Jesus
A: Judas Iscariot
Feedback: Judas identifies Jesus to the
guards with a kiss, the way a disciple would
greet his teacher.
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: The Roman leader who washes his
hands of Jesus’ death
A: Pontius Pilate
Feedback: Pilate questions Jesus, but
Jesus refuses to answer him.
Questions for Level 1: Easy
Q: Roman method of death that Jesus
suffers
A: crucifixion
Feedback: The Jewish religious leaders
may have wanted Jesus dead, but it is the
occupying Romans who execute him.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: Three gifts received by the baby Jesus
A: gold, frankincense, and myrrh
Feedback: These gifts from the Magi signify
Jesus’ kingship, priesthood, and sacrificial
death.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: The person who wants Jesus dead when
he learns of his birth
A: King Herod (the Great)
Feedback: King Herod orders the death of
all young children in Bethlehem, but Mary
and Joseph escape to Egypt with Jesus.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: A voice proclaims Jesus to be God’s Son
during this ritual performed by John.
A: Baptism
Feedback: John’s Baptism signifies
repentance, and he considers himself
unworthy to baptize Jesus.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: Age at which Jesus is found conversing
with the teachers in the Temple
A: twelve
Feedback: Mary and Joseph lose track of
him on a trip to Jerusalem. They find him
asking questions of the learned teachers in
the Temple.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: Known as Jesus’ first miracle, it happens
at a wedding
A: turning water into wine
Feedback: Jesus performs this miracle at
the request of his mother.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: Body of water on which Jesus walks
A: Sea of Galilee, or Lake of Gennesaret
Feedback: The disciples were terrified
when they saw Jesus walking toward them
over the water.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: Friend of Jesus who is restored to life
after being dead for three days
A: Lazarus
Feedback: Jesus weeps when he hears of
his friend’s death.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: City Jesus enters triumphantly, where he
cleanses the Temple
A: Jerusalem
Feedback: Jesus is greeted with palm
branches, as a king.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: The person who would normally wash
the feet of guests
A: the servant or slave
Feedback: Before his death, Jesus washes
the feet of his disciples to demonstrate that a
leader should serve.
Questions for Level 2: Medium
Q: The early morning message the women
receive and are to pass on to the
disciples
A: He is risen!
Feedback: It is the women who first
discover the mystery of the empty tomb.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: One of the three temptations Jesus faces
before beginning his ministry
A: Turning stones into bread, leaping from a
high tower to be saved by angels, or
receiving great riches for worshipping the
Devil.
Feedback: Jesus refutes Satan with
Scripture passages.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: First Apostle to proclaim Jesus Messiah
A: Simon Peter
Feedback: Jesus says Simon is Cephas, or
Peter, the rock on which he will build his
Church.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: Jesus’ childhood town, whose residents
rejected him
A: Nazareth
Feedback: Jesus’ neighbors don’t
acknowledge him as a prophet.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: Strictly observant religious group, whose
members criticize Jesus
A: Pharisees
Feedback: The Pharisees especially
disapprove of Jesus’ habit of associating with
sinners.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: Friend of Jesus who criticizes her sister
for sitting and listening to Jesus
A: Martha (of Bethany)
Feedback: Martha, busy preparing a meal,
expects Jesus to reprimand her sister, but he
says that Mary has chosen the better part.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: Public place where Jesus talks to a
Samaritan woman; she then brings many
to Jesus
A: the well
Feedback: The Samaritan woman
proclaims Jesus the Messiah.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: Event when Moses and Elijah appear on
the mountain with Jesus
A: the Transfiguration
Feedback: Only Peter, James, and John
are present at this event, and Jesus asks
them to tell no one.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: Garden where Jesus prays for hours
before his arrest
A: Gethsemane, or the Mount of Olives
Feedback: Jesus begs to be spared a
painful and humiliating death but finally puts
his fate in God’s hands.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: Leader who orders Jesus to perform a
miracle for him
A: Herod (Antipas, the Tetrarch)
Feedback: Herod Antipas rules in Galilee;
he is a son of Herod the Great.
Questions for Level 3: Difficult
Q: Jesus’ fellow convicts, executed along
with him
A: thieves, or revolutionaries
Feedback: One of the men expresses faith
in Jesus, and Jesus promises him a place in
Paradise.

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