Grade 8 Questions

Grade 8

Chapters 1 to 3

  1. What are the four Marks of the Church?
  2. What is a prayer of blessing? How can you bless yourself, other people, places, or things?
  3. How do angels serve God?
  4. Who was Blessed Miguel Pro?
  5. What are some common misunderstandings about holiness?
  6. How did faith change the life of Saint Thomas, the Apostle?
  7. What is Sacred Tradition? Name some examples of Sacred Tradition.
  8. What is the Church?
  9. What does it mean to say that faith lets us see "as if through God's eyes?"
  10. How can faith be both a gift and a choice?
  11. Tell about two key figures of the Old Testament and their covenant relationship with God.
  12. What is free will? How does it work in our lives?
  13. What makes a human being different than all of God's other creatures?
  14. How is a covenant a very special kind of promise?
  15. How do the Ten Commandments, God's revealed laws, guide us?


Chapters 4 to 6

  1. What may have been some of the reasons Saint Paul used the image of the Temple to describe our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit?
  2. How do the Gifts of the Holy Spirit help you mature as a Catholic?
  3. Why does your relationship with God need to deepen?
  4. What can you do to keep your body healthy? What can you do to keep your soul healthy?
  5. Why is it important to pay attention to both your body and your soul?
  6. How has your faith grown since your Baptism?
  7. What can you do to contribute to and strengthen your family as a domestic Church?
  8. How did Saint Angela Merici share in the mission of Christ? Give examples of how she participated in the offices of Christ.
  9. How do you share in the mission of Christ? Give specific examples of how you participate in the offices of Christ.
  10. Why is it so important to take part in the celebration of the Mass every week?
  11. Describe the circumstances and actions by which you could baptize another person.
  12. How can we establish a relationship with the Holy Trinity?
  13. How does the Church treat us as a loving mother would?
  14. What did the Apostles learn about Jesus through the Transfiguration?
  15. How was the Holy Trinity revealed at the Transfiguration?


Chapters 7 to 9

  1. Name three important things that the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Catholic Church hold in common.
  2. The Church is one. The Church is apostolic. Choose one of these Marks of the Church and tell how it describes an essential aspect of the Church.
  3. What are some things Catholics can do to promote unity among all Christians?
  4. Compare how children receive the Sacraments of Initiation in the Eastern Catholic Church and the Roman Catholic Church. How are they different? How are they the same?
  5. How would you explain the importance and role of the Pope in the Catholic Church?
  6. How are we to live now so that we can know the happiness of living forever with God?
  7. How can you make your relationship with God better and stronger?
  8. What are four things you need to do once you recognize that you have been doing something sinful?
  9. Why is conversion ongoing in our lives?
  10. Pope Saint John Paul II spoke about the "culture of death" and the "culture of life." What did he mean by each of these terms? Give examples of each.
  11. How did friends help Saint Paul and his mission to spread the Good News?
  12. Describe the early Church community in Jerusalem.
  13. What were some ways that women disciples supported Jesus' ministry?
  14. Imagine you are Mary Magdalene. Write about the dawn of the third day after Jesus died on the Cross. What happened, what did you do, how did you feel, what did you learn about being a friend of Jesus?
  15. Imagine you are Peter. Write about the evening after the Last Supper. What happened, what did you do, how did you feel, what did you learn about being a disciple of Jesus?


Chapters 10 to 12

  1. Why do some Catholic men and women decide to become religious priests, brothers, or sisters?
  2. What are some of the liturgical roles that lay people can perform? What other roles can lay people fulfill that, while not liturgical, help or contribute to the celebration?
  3. All baptized people share in the mission of Christ. What example did Jesus give of what a king should do? What example did Jesus use to show us how a leader should act?
  4. How can young people know what life God is calling them to lead?
  5. How can lay people be "like leaven in the world"?
  6. What are some ways you can support missionaries now? What are some ways you can be a missionary now?
  7. How does being universal help the Church?
  8. How do missionaries teach the Gospel by their actions?
  9. Why is the Church catholic?
  10. Before any of the Gospels were written, how did people learn about Jesus? Use the example of the Woman at the Well.
  11. Choose one of these titles of the Pope and explain what it means: the Vicar of Christ, the Bishop of Rome, the Pastor of the universal Church.
  12. Under what circumstances is the teaching of the Church infallible?
  13. Why do you think Jesus gave Simon the Apostle a new name? What did his new name mean?
  14. What is the difference between traditions and Sacred Tradition?
  15. What is the role of a deacon in the Catholic Church?



Chapters 13 to 15

  1. What are some questions we should ask when deciding what is good for every human person?
  2. How do the actions of some affect the whole group?
  3. Why does the Church comment on political authority and structures?
  4. What are nine fundamental rights of persons? List as many as you can.
  5. What is the common good and how is it achieved?
  6. What lessons can Catholic families today learn from the Holy Family?
  7. How would a person develop and follow an informed conscience?
  8. How do our families help us have friendships and relationships with others?
  9. What responsibilities do family members have toward one another?
  10. What are some things we can learn in our families?
  11. Give three examples of how an eighth-grader could follow the Great Commandment.
  12. What is a false oath, and why is it a sin against the Second Commandment?
  13. Why are we bound to respect God's name?
  14. What is idolatry and why is it wrong?
  15. How does the First Commandment call us to live?


Chapters 16 to 18

  1. What is consecration?
  2. Tell about the life of Saint Maria del Transito de Jesus Sacramentado.
  3. What are the seasons of the liturgical year? Do you have seasons in your life? Explain.
  4. Who are the Saints?
  5. What is the Liturgy of the Hours?
  6. Who was Saint Benedict the Black?
  7. What does in persona Christi mean?
  8. What Commandments help married people live out their marriage covenant?
  9. What does the Church mean by fidelity? How can the lives of eighth-graders show fidelity?
  10. What are the Sacraments at the Service of Communion?
  11. Why is Sunday so important to the Church?
  12. What is grace? What is actual grace?
  13. How did England's Saint Thomas Becket respond when King Henry II tried to control him and the Church?
  14. What is liturgy?
  15. How does the Church honor the Blessed Sacrament?


Chapters 19 to 21

  1. How did Pope Saint John Paul II live the Gospel?
  2. How did Saint Marianne Cope respect and preserve the dignity of others?
  3. How is the Church responding to the needs of our times?
  4. What was the relationship between Popes and the emperors during the Early Middle Ages? Tell how the relationship started with the Emperor Constantine. Tell what happened between King Charlemagne and Pope Leo III in A.D. 799.
  5. What are two ways that the early Church grew and spread?
  6. Why did Pope Saint John Paul II visit Fátima, and what did he do there?
  7. Briefly summarize how Mary agreed to become the Mother of God.
  8. How can eighth-graders work toward sainthood?
  9. What was Mary's role in God's plan?
  10. How do the Saints in Heaven help the Church on Earth?
  11. What is the Paschal Candle and why is it lit at funerals?
  12. How can art help people pray?
  13. What sacramentals have you used for your own prayer or experienced during the liturgy in your parish church?
  14. What is the Communion of Saints?
  15. Why is having a statue of Mary or an icon of your favorite Saint not idolatry?