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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. 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

 

Question 2. 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 3. In a leap year, what is the additional month in the Jewish calendar called?
 Kislev II
 Adar II
 Tishvan II
 Av II

 

Question 4. At the end of the Purim story, we hear that the Jews killed how many of their enemies?
 25,000
 50,000
 75,000
 100,000

 

Question 5. During Megillah reading, it is customary to say the names of Haman's sons
 In English
 Silently
 All in one breath
 Backwards
 Together as a congregation

 

Question 6. 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 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