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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. During Megillah reading, it is customary to say the names of Haman's sons
 In English
 All in one breath
 Together as a congregation


Question 2. Purim Katan is observed
 In the month of Kislev
 Every other year
 Every year
 In the month of Adar I
 On a Tuesday


Question 3. According to tradition, Haman was
 An Amalekite
 A Nazi
 A Failed Artist
 A Hopeless Romantic


Question 4. True or False: Unlike Torah scrolls, many scrolls of Esther are illuminated with illustrations of the narrative.


Question 5. According to tradition Esther and Mordecai are buried in:
 Baghdad, Iraq
 Hamadan, Iran
 Tehran, Iran
 Sulaimaniya, Iraq


Question 6. True or False: In the Sistine Chapel, Haman is portrayed as being crucified by the Jews.


Question 7. Josephus, a Jewish historian of the first century of the Common Era, paraphrases the story of Esther in
 The Antiquities of the Jews
 The Megillah
 The Talmud
 The Early History of the Jews