Welcome to the Reformation Day "Quick Quiz." This quiz is a few questions inspired from Frederick Nohl's book Luther: Biography of a Reformer. A link to the book is provided below--it's on sale right now. Also provided below is a link to the answer page.
01 Martin Luther’s father, Hans, was a farmer in his youth but became a miner
latter in life. Name the product Hans mined.
02 Luther’s parents were very religious and regularly brought their family to
Catholic Mass, where the communion service was given in Latin. Name the
church Luther attended as a child in Mansfeld.
a. St. Anthony’s Church
b. St. Christopher’s Church
c. St. George’s Church
d. St Paul’s Church
03 In his youth Luther feared both Jesus and God the Father as dreadful judges
that hated sin. In addition, he was taught that it was best to approach God by
way of a saint. Why was God so feared?
a. He hated sin
b. He judged so harshly
c. He sent men to hell
d. He sent men to hell and purgatory
04 The people were encouraged to pray to all saints, because they had better
access to Jesus and He, in turn, could go to the Father. According to Luther’s
teachers which saint was closest to Jesus?
a. St. Augustine
b. St. Gertrude
c. St. Mary
d. St. Paul
05 An experience that left a strong impression on Luther was the time he saw a
dying prince begging in the streets like a pauper. The prince believed begging
would help him earn forgiveness with God. Another time, Luther was caught in
a thunderstorm and was so terrified he promised to become a monk. In the
thunderstorm, which saint did Luther pray to?
a. St. Anne
b. St. Gertrude
c. St. Mary
d. St. Monica
06 In his belief to lead a life that would bring him closer to God which religious
order did Martin Luther join?
a. The Augustinian Order of Hermits
b. The Dominican Order of Preachers
c. The Jesuit Society of Jesus
d. The Order of Saint Benedict
07 After a year as a beginner in the monastery Luther was recognized as a proper
monk and shortly after taking his vows the head of the monastery select him to
train as a priest. What year did Luther celebrate his first Mass?
08 About a year later John Staupitz, the leader of the Augustinian order in
Germany and the dean of a university, asked Luther to fill a provisional
teaching job. Name the university Staupitz asked Luther to join.
a. The University of Augsburg
b. The University of Düsseldorf
c. The University of Münster
d. The University of Wittenberg
09 Even in his position as a mature man of God, Luther still feared Jesus. Seeing
Christ on the cross made him think of a flash of lightening. An older priest
gave Luther some great advise: “Throw yourself into the Savior’s arms—the
Savior who died for you!” This older priest also reminded Luther of some very
important words. What words did the priest remind Luther to recite?
a. His Augustinian vow
b. The Apostles' Creed
c. The Holy Rosary
d. The Nicene Creed
10 In 1508 and 1509, during his first stay in Wittenberg, what was the important
thing Luther learned about the Bible?
a. It must be explained
b. It must be preached
c. It must be studied
d. The Bible is more important than all the teachings of the Church Fathers
11 From the University of Wittenberg Luther moved to the University of Erfurt.
From Erfurt, Luther and another monk represented the Augustinian Order in
Germany in its case against the new constitution of the Augustinian Order.
After several stops in Germany, where were they sent to make their final
12 Luther had a lot of free time in Rome, saw a lot of religious artifacts, made a lot
of observations, and begin to question Rome’s system of salvation, especially in
regard to religious relics releasing sinners from purgatory. What was Rome’s
answer to the Augustinian Order in Germany’s complaint against the new
constitution of the Augustinian Order?
a. Rome agreed to exempt Germany from the new constitution
b. Rome agreed to rescind the new constitution
c. Rome left the matter of the new constitution open
d. Rome required Germany to comply with the new constitution
13 Soon after returning to Erfurt from Rome, Luther was ordered back to
Wittenberg. It was now the summer of 1511 and from this time forward Luther
called Wittenberg home. In short order, and initially against his will, Luther
became the monastery’s main preacher. Luther’s preaching moved out of the
chapel in 1514. Where did his preaching move to?
a. St. Anne’s Church
b. St. George’s Church
c. St. Mary’s Church
d. St Paul’s Church
14 Sill doing his studies in the tower in the Wittenberg University in 1514, Luther’s
eyes were opened to a couple of passages in the Bible through which he
understood who he was in Christ. Which verses did Luther read that provided
this great insight?
a. 1 Peter 1:8-9
b. Philippians 3:10-11
c. Revelation 22:16-17
d. Romans 1:16-17
15 Frederick the Wise forbid Tetzel from selling indulgences in Saxon, but he
setup shop across the border 20 miles away from Wittenberg. The excitement
did not leave until Tetzel left the area. Many things contributed to Luther
nailing the 95 Theses on the church door that All Saints' Eve (All Hallows' Eve),
31 October 1517. What would be put on display in the Castle Church on All
a. Religious relics from Frederick the Wise’s private collection
b. Religious relics from Rome
c. Religious relics from The University of Münster
d. Religious relics from the University of Wittenberg
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Martin Luther had one goal: peace with God. He didn’t find it in the holy relics and indulgences of the church or in his life as an obedient monk. Luther discovered God’s treasure of truth buried under human laws and regulations. He discovered the Gospel in the Word of God. Luther took his stand on that Word, defying the highest authorities in the church and state. In so doing, he started the oldest continuing evangelical movement in history. This is Luther’s dramatic story.
Born of humble parents in 1483, Martin Luther grew up to live the adventuresome, often dangerous, life of a man of God. He became one of those great men who affected all he met and many thousands he never met. Martin Luther still lives on today, for his thoughts and words and actions have helped to shape our modern world.