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Possible Answers to Test Questions On the fellowcraft degree

appendix c

Richard h. sands


Introduction

These possible answers are provided to assist you in thinking about the many aspects of this degree. For the most part, they cannot be definitive because it is intended that we speculate about the lessons intended by each of our symbols we do not have a book telling us about each lesson. We are left to conclude for ourselves, or rather to speculate together about their meanings.

Test Questions and Possible Answers on the entered apprentice degree 

1.       What stage of life is represented by a Fellowcraft Mason?

A Fellowcraft represents a man in his prime of life manhood.

2.       What is the fundamental theme of the Fellowcraft Degree?

Enlightenment or the gaining of knowledge.

3.       In ancient operative Masonry, what was a Fellowcraft?

A man who was a member of a guild and who had acquired the training of an Entered Apprentice, with full rights and responsibilities.

4.       In modern speculative Freemasonry, what is a Fellowcraft?

A Brother who has been initiated an Entered Apprentice and passed to the degree of Fellowcraft.

5.       In the preparation room and upon your reception, what changes did you observe from how you were prepared for the Entered Apprentice Degree?

The unique characteristics of the clothing were switched from the left (weaker) side to the  right (stronger) side, the cable-tow was wrapped twice around my arm and a pass was required to gain admission.

6.       How were you received into the Lodge room, and of what should this remind you?

On the angle of the square which was intended to remind me that the square should be the rule and guide of my conduct toward all mankind.

7.       What is the nature of your vows taken in the Fellowcraft obligation?

Obedience to superiors, assistance of the needy and the protection of a fellow Mason.

8.       What is the nature of the symbolic penalty of the Fellowcraft degree and to what does this allude?

The opening of the breast and the resultant loss of emotions and caring.

9.       What are the Working Tools of a Fellowcraft?

The square, level and plumb.

10.   What does each one test or try?

The square tests right angles; the level, horizontals and the plumb, perpendiculars.

11.   What are their symbolic meanings?

The square represents a standard of virtue and morality and reminds us that as a member of society we have an obligation to test each one of our actions by the square of virtue, and if they do not measure up we have an obligation to change them. The level represents equality and reminds us that we are all Brothers. The plumb represents rectitude of life and signifies that we should stand upright before God and man.

12.   What are the names of the two pillars and what do they represent?

BOAZ represents strength and JACHIN represents establishment.

13.   What do the Winding Stairs represent?

They represent the progress required to gain a goal, with unknowns just around the corner, and the need for hard work in cultivating the mind.

14.   Does it have an additional symbolism?

It demonstrates the need for faith and courage in advancing around the curves (the future) in life.

15.   What is the significance of the three steps on the Winding Stairs?

They represent the three principal stages of human life, youth, manhood and age and also the three principal officers of the Lodge, WM, SW and JW.

16.   What do the five steps represent?

They represent the five orders of architecture and the five human senses.

17.   What do the seven steps represent?

The seven liberal arts and sciences

18.   What science is the most important to Masons?

Geometry because it was at one time synonymous to Masonry and because it is the foundation of architecture and the root of mathematics.

19.   How did you gain admission to the Middle Chamber?

By having the tokens (password and grip) of a Fellowcraft Mason.

20.   What is symbolized by the Middle Chamber?

It symbolizes the place of reward.

21.   What is represented by the letter G?

It stands for Geometry, once synonymous with Masonry, and in English-speaking countries for God.

22.   What are the rights of a Fellowcraft Mason ?

He is entitled to sit in a Lodge of Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft Masons if vouched for, the right to be instructed and the right to be buried as a Fellowcraft Mason.

23.   What responsibilities does a Fellowcraft Mason have?

To keep secret the signs, tokens, words and verbatim ritual, to obey the rules of a Fellowcraft Lodge and to be faithful, honest and charitable.

24.   What are the wages of a Fellowcraft and what do they represent?

The corn of nourishment, the Wine of Refreshment and the Oil of Joy, representing the rewards of a good life.

25.   What are the jewels of a Fellowcraft?

An attentive ear, an instructive tongue and a faithful breast.

26.   What stage of life is represented by a Fellowcraft Mason?

A Fellowcraft represents a man in his prime of life manhood.

27.   What is the fundamental theme of the Fellowcraft Degree?

Enlightenment or the gaining of knowledge.

28.   In ancient operative Masonry, what was a Fellowcraft?

A man who was a member of a guild and who had acquired the training of an Entered Apprentice, with full rights and responsibilities.

29.   In modern speculative Freemasonry, what is a Fellowcraft?

A Brother who has been initiated an Entered Apprentice and passed to the degree of Fellowcraft.

30.   In the preparation room and upon your reception, what changes did you observe from how you were prepared for the Entered Apprentice Degree?

The unique characteristics of the clothing were switched from the left (weaker) side to the  right (stronger) side, the cable-tow was wrapped twice around my arm and a pass was required to gain admission.

31.   How were you received into the Lodge room, and of what should this remind you?

On the angle of the square which was intended to remind me that the square should be the rule and guide of my conduct toward all mankind.

32.   What is the nature of your vows taken in the Fellowcraft obligation?

Obedience to superiors, assistance of the needy and the protection of a fellow Mason.

33.   What is the nature of the symbolic penalty of the Fellowcraft degree and to what does this allude?

The opening of the breast and the resultant loss of emotions and caring.

34.   What are the Working Tools of a Fellowcraft?

The square, level and plumb.

35.   What does each one test or try?

The square tests right angles; the level, horizontals and the plumb, perpendiculars.

36.   What are their symbolic meanings?

The square represents a standard of virtue and morality and reminds us that as a member of society we have an obligation to test each one of our actions by the square of virtue, and if they do not measure up we have an obligation to change them. The level represents equality and reminds us that we are all Brothers. The plumb represents rectitude of life and signifies that we should stand upright before God and man.

37.   What are the names of the two pillars and what do they represent?

BOAZ represents strength and JACHIN represents establishment.

38.   What do the Winding Stairs represent?

They represent the progress required to gain a goal, with unknowns just around the corner, and the need for hard work in cultivating the mind.

39.   Does it have an additional symbolism?

It demonstrates the need for faith and courage in advancing around the curves (the future) in life.

40.   What is the significance of the three steps on the Winding Stairs?

They represent the three principal stages of human life, youth, manhood and age and also the three principal officers of the Lodge, WM, SW and JW.

41.   What do the five steps represent?

They represent the five orders of architecture and the five human senses.

42.   What do the seven steps represent?

The seven liberal arts and sciences

43.   What science is the most important to Masons?

Geometry because it was at one time synonymous to Masonry and because it is the foundation of architecture and the root of mathematics.

44.   How did you gain admission to the Middle Chamber?

By having the tokens (password and grip) of a Fellowcraft Mason.

45.   What is symbolized by the Middle Chamber?

It symbolizes the place of reward.

46.   What is represented by the letter G?

It stands for Geometry, once synonymous with Masonry, and in English-speaking countries for God.

47.   What are the rights of a Fellowcraft Mason ?

He is entitled to sit in a Lodge of Entered Apprentice or Fellowcraft Masons if vouched for, the right to be instructed and the right to be buried as a Fellowcraft Mason.

48.   What responsibilities does a Fellowcraft Mason have?

To keep secret the signs, tokens, words and verbatim ritual, to obey the rules of a Fellowcraft Lodge and to be faithful, honest and charitable.

49.   What are the wages of a Fellowcraft and what do they represent?

The corn of nourishment, the Wine of Refreshment and the Oil of Joy, representing the rewards of a good life.

50.   What are the jewels of a Fellowcraft?

An attentive ear, an instructive tongue and a faithful breast.

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