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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. 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 2. In the Purim story, the king's first wife is named
 Vashti
 Zeresh
 Hadassah
 Shiva

 

Question 3. When is seudat Purim eaten?
 Any time on Purim or Shushan Purim
 Erev Purim
 Purim during the day
 Purim evening

 

Question 4. Haman drew lots to determine the day he would take revenge on the Jews. This day was
 The 13th of the month of Av
 The 13th of the month of Adar
 The 13th of the month of Tamuz
 The 26th of the month of Adar

 

Question 5. On Purim we read the Book of Esther
 Once
 Twice
 Three times
 Only if we're in the mood

 

Question 6. True or False: Traditionally, Purim was a holiday where celebrants drank until they were unable to tell the difference between Mordecai and Haman.
 True
 False

 

Question 7. The comic plays performed on Purim are called
 Purim shtick
 Purim shpiels
 Purim farbrengen
 Purim epics