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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. What is the name of the noisemakers used during the megillah reading?


Question 2. Matanot la'evyonim are
 Purim plays
 Gifts to the poor


Question 3. True or False: During Megillah reading, it is customary for the congregation to drown out the name of Ahasuerus by making noise.


Question 4. Hamantashen get their name from the Yiddish meaning
 Hamanís ear
 Hamanís nose
 Hamanís fingers
 Hamanís pockets


Question 5. 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 6. 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


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