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Purim Quiz

Purim is the most carnivalesque Jewish holiday. It is a day when norms are subverted and reversed to commemorate the reversal of fortune recorded in the Book of Esther. How much do you know about Purim?

Question 1. True or False: During Megillah reading, it is customary for the congregation to drown out the name of Ahasuerus by making noise.


Question 2. In a leap year, what is the additional month in the Jewish calendar called?
 Kislev II
 Adar II
 Tishvan II
 Av II


Question 3. Who is not mentioned in the Book of Esther


Question 4. Matanot la'evyonim are
 Purim plays
 Gifts to the poor


Question 5. Beans and peas are sometimes eaten on Purim because
 To balance the calories in hamantaschen
 Tradition teaches that Esther was a vegetarian in the king's court
 It is prohibited to eat meat on Purim
 Persian Jews invented falafel


Question 6. The scroll of Esther is read with
 The same cantillation also used for the Torah
 The same cantillation also used for the haftarah
 A special cantillation specifically for Esther
 The same cantillation also used for the Song of Songs and Ruth


Question 7. The Megillah scroll should be
 Read while reclining in a seated position, to show that Jews were victorious and can now recline in freedom
 Unrolled and folded up so it looks like a letter of dispatch
 Attached on both ends to oak poles, similar to a Torah scroll
 Read in the original Aramaic