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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. 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. 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


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


Question 5. Shushan Purim is
 Another name for the regular Purim holiday
 A line dance done after the Megillah reading
 An extra day of Purim observed by cities that have been walled since the days of Joshua
 The city where the first Megillah was written


Question 6. On Purim we read the Book of Esther
 Three times
 Only if we're in the mood


Question 7. At the end of the Purim story, we hear that the Jews killed how many of their enemies?