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 of :

Qustion 1. According to tradition, Haman was

An Amalekite A Nazi A Failed Artist A Hopeless Romantic

Qustion 2. 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

Qustion 3. Purim and its customs of drinking, dressing-up, and mockery do NOT provide the opportunity for

Challenging the standard religious system Allowing people to relinquish normal modes of behavior Making fun of, and bowing down to, other humans and idols Activities that at other times of the year would be somewhat more restricted

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

True False

Qustion 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

Qustion 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

Qustion 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

Qustion 8. In a leap year, what is the additional month in the Jewish calendar called?

Kislev II Adar II Tishvan II Av II

Qustion 9. On Purim we read the Book of Esther

Once Twice Three times Only if we're in the mood

Qustion 10. 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
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