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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. Who is not mentioned in the Book of Esther
 Esther
 Haman
 Vashti
 Mordechai
 God

 

Question 2. In the Purim story, the king's first wife is named
 Vashti
 Zeresh
 Hadassah
 Shiva

 

Question 3. What is the name of the noisemakers used during the megillah reading?
 Graggers
 Trumpets
 Kazoos
 Recorders

 

Question 4. The Shabbat before Purim is called
 Shabbat Zakhor
 Shabbat Shekalim
 Shabbat HaGadol
 Saturday
 Shabbat Amalek

 

Question 5. True or False: In the Sistine Chapel, Haman is portrayed as being crucified by the Jews.
 True
 False

 

Question 6. What liturgical additions are there for Purim?
 Hallel
 Purim Al Hanissim in the Amidah Prayer
 Purim Al Hanissim in the Birkat Hamazon
 A, B, & C
 B & C

 

Question 7. Scholars believe the actual text of the Book of Esther was written
 By an eyewitness to the events
 During the First Temple period
 During the Second Temple period
 In the 2nd century