Question 1 The holiday of Purim is based on events that occur in which book of the Bible?
The story of Purim is told in the book of Esther, and dates back 2,300 years ago to ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) when the Jewish nation was in exile.
Question 2 Purim comes from the Jewish word pur which means:
Pur means lot, and refers to the fact that the date of the annihilation of the Jewish people was chosen by chance, or casted lots.
Question 3 True or false: Esther became queen of Persia after winning a beauty contest.
After Queen Vashti refused to come before King Xerxes and his guests to parade her beauty, the king deposed her and launched a kingdom-wide search for a new queen. All the beautiful young women of Persia were taken to the palace, given a year’s worth of beauty treatments, and then called before the king. From that group, King Xerxes chose Esther, a Jewess by birth.
Question 4 Haman became enraged at Mordecai, the Jew, because:
After King Xerxes had honored Haman and elevated him above all other nobles, Mordecai was the only one who refused to bow before Haman. Because of that, Haman plotted to have all the Jews in Persia killed.
Mordecai refused to bow to Haman.
Mordecai had insulted him.
Mordecai had stolen money from him.
Mordecai was richer than Haman.
Question 5 Haman, the villain in the story, is an ancient descendant of which character from the book of Genesis?
Haman was a descendant of Agag, the ancient king of Amalek. Amalek, the archenemy of Israel, was the grandson of Esau, who wanted to kill his brother, Jacob, for stealing his father’s blessing from him. Amalek was the first nation to attack the Israelites when they had left Egypt and were in the desert.
Question 6 After uncovering the plot to kill all the Jews, Mordecai urged Esther to beg the king for mercy. Esther was reluctant to do so because:
Appearing before the king without being summoned was punishable by death, and it had been 30 days since Esther had been summoned to appear before the king.
She felt it was none of her business.
She didn’t want the king to know she was Jewish.
She was afraid the king would put her to death.
She was afraid the king would choose another queen.
Question 7 Before appearing before the king, Esther asked the Jewish people to:
In response to Mordecai, Esther responded, “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish” (Esther 4:16).
Send her money
Lock their doors and hide
Prepare for battle with the king’s men
Fast and pray
Question 8 True or False: Esther is the only book in the Bible in which God’s name does not appear.
God’s name never appears in the book of Esther, but it is clearly evident from the series of circumstances that occur in the book that God is in control.
Question 9 Today, the Jewish people celebrate Purim by doing the following:
The celebration of Purim is a joyous occasion much like the American celebration of Halloween or Mardi Gras. Adults and children alike dress up in costumes and have parties or parades. They are also commanded to give charity or food baskets to the needy as a way of combating evil in this world with kindness.
Dressing up in costumes
Giving charity and food baskets to the needy
All of the above
Question 10 In synagogues today when the scroll of Esther is read aloud, every time Haman’s name is mentioned, the congregation:
The congregation makes all sorts of loud noises, including stomping their feet and using noise-makers called gragers, whenever Haman’s name is mentioned in order to fulfill the biblical commandment to “blot out the name of Amalek from under the heaven” (Deuteronomy 25:19).
Covers their ears
Boos, stomps their feet, and makes loud noises
Gives Haman the thumbs down
Shakes their heads sorrowfully