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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. When is seudat Purim eaten?
 Any time on Purim or Shushan Purim
 Erev Purim
 Purim during the day
 Purim evening

 

Question 3. Matanot la'evyonim are
 Purim plays
 Gifts to the poor
 Noisemakers
 Hamentashen

 

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. The Fast of Esther (Ta'anit Esther) is related to
 The threat to destroy the Jewish people
 The destruction of Jerusalem
 The loss of the Jewish state
 The death of Mordecai

 

Question 6. Packages of food and other small treats that are offered to friends and family are called
 Matanot la'evyonim
 Pur
 Mishloach manot
 Hiddur mitzvah

 

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