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  Sixty Seconds in Kingdom Come editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Not Your Biblical King David, but All About Him
King David first makes an appearance in the Bible in I Samuel and has a leading role in II Samuel. However, his legacy goes well beyond just religion. See if you can identify these ten appearances of the King!
Average, 10 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Jun 14 24
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Saintly Matters
  Saintly Matters   top quiz  
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Though all the questions in this quiz are based on saints and saintliness, you will not need to have the patience of a saint to play it.
Easier, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Sep 07 23
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Sep 07 23
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  The Great Hanukkah Quiz II   great trivia quiz  
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Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, is celebrated towards the end of the year. Find the Hanukkah theme in several Funtrivia categories and answer the questions. Happy Holidays!
Easier, 10 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Dec 06 21
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  The Great Hanukkah Quiz   great trivia quiz  
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Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of light, is celebrated towards the end of the year. Find the Hanukkah theme in several Funtrivia categories and answer the questions. Happy Holidays!
Easier, 10 Qns, LeoDaVinci, Dec 03 21
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Dec 03 21
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  Nothing to Do with Religion   top quiz  
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Some words sound as if they are religious but, in the event, have nothing to do with religion. Can you determine which of the following are of this sort?
Easier, 10 Qns, FatherSteve, May 08 19
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May 08 19
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  Distracted by the Decalogue   top quiz  
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These questions are not about the Ten Commandments, but inspired by them.
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Nov 16 23
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  Ancient Mythology in Modern Titles   best quiz  
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References to people, places and things in classical mythology appear in the titles of books, plays and films which are not themselves about mythology. How many of these can you identify?
Average, 10 Qns, FatherSteve, Aug 26 17
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  Bible Book Names in Modern Pop Culture    
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Many of the names of Bible books have translated into modern popular culture. Drawing from the world of celebrity and entertainment, see how well you can identify these selections from the Old and New Testaments.
Easier, 10 Qns, BRY2K, Aug 26 17
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  Pop Goes The Bible    
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The Bible meets popular culture with questions pertaining to the Bible in video games, TV, books, and movies.
Average, 20 Qns, pennie1478, Jul 12 21
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Jul 12 21
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  Ten Commandments...Ten Questions   popular trivia quiz  
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This is a biblically-themed quiz. For each commandment, correctly choose the name of the sinner who is on record as having broken it. Ten people who would have made Moses deeply unhappy!
Average, 10 Qns, Finduskeepus, Aug 26 17
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trivia question Quick Question
In the CBS series, "God Friended Me", how was Miles Finer contacted by God?

From Quiz "Pop Goes The Bible"

  And Then There Were Nuns    
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Women in the 21st century are not as likely to become nuns as they were in the past. However, nuns still exist around the world. This quiz will cover some general information about nuns both past and present.
Average, 10 Qns, Trivia_Fan54, Jun 24 19
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Jun 24 19
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  Bible Books in Quotes    
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The missing word in the quote will be a book from the Bible.
Average, 10 Qns, anna-janefan, Apr 18 20
Apr 18 20
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  Mathematical Religion    
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Test your knowledge about religion and your math skills in one quiz. All answers are whole numbers. You may use a calculator.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Buddy1, Aug 25 19
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Aug 25 19
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  "When You Have Sinned Grievously..."   popular trivia quiz  
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How much do you know about the seven deadly sins? You probably commit some of them every day. Take this tour into the boundaries of Christianity and occult.
Tough, 10 Qns, gkaz4, Aug 26 17
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Thematic Religion Trivia Questions

1. John Steinbeck wrote a book alluding to the exodus of the Israelites to a new home by sending the Joad family from Oklahoma to California in what novel?

From Quiz
Pop Goes The Bible

Answer: Grapes of Wrath

In Steinbeck's 1939 novel, twelve members of the Joad family pack up what remains of their belongings in Oklahoma and head off to California for a better life. The twelve members of the Joad family represent the twelve tribes of Israel leaving Egypt for a promised land.

2. "Dare the Devil" is both a 1969 movie about a young man diverted from the priesthood by the flesh and a 1984 romantic novel by Elaine Raco Chase. But what is a "daredevil"?

From Quiz Nothing to Do with Religion

Answer: a person who takes great risks

A daredevil is someone who performs dangerous feats, often professionally. The noun can mean that the person is bold or that the person is reckless. Nik Wallenda said, before he walked across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope in 2013, "I completely understand why people see me as a daredevil." Used since the 1700s, the term might have originally meant "one who dares the devil" or "one who is himself a sort of devil." A related but little-used noun is "daredeviltry." Marvel publishes a comic called "Daredevil" of which there have been cinematic and television adaptations.

3. St. Scholastica is considered by some to be the founder of Benedictine nuns. What was her relationship to St. Benedict?

From Quiz And Then There Were Nuns

Answer: Sister

Scholastica and Benedict were siblings. She was born in c. 480, and it is said that she always lived a very religious life. Scholastica is the patron saint of nuns, education, and convulsive children. Her Memorial Day is February 10th.

4. This Biblical book shares the first name of two young actors with the surnames Jackson and Hartnett. It also figured prominently in the name of a 1987 album by Irish band U2. Can you identify this book?

From Quiz Bible Book Names in Modern Pop Culture

Answer: Joshua

Joshua is the sixth book in the Hebrew Bible and of the Old Testament. It lends its name to The Joshua Tree album by U2 which spawned the hits "Where The Streets Have No Name" and "With or Without You". The Bible explains that Joshua followed Moses as the leader of the Israelites.

5. "You shall have no other gods before me." Which Roman emperor, the seventh in succession to the Christian Constantine, attempted to disestablish Christianity and restore paganism as the religion of the Roman Empire?

From Quiz Ten Commandments...Ten Questions

Answer: Julian

Known to posterity as "Julian the Apostate", Flavius Claudius Julianus was a philosopher-general whose role models were his great predecessors Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius. He believed that the empire needed to revitalize itself by restoring the values and customs of their day - including paganism. By proclaiming that all religions were, as in the old days, equal in the eyes of the empire, he robbed Christianity of the privileged position it had held since Constantine's day - and committed a flagrant breach of the first commandment!

6. Add the number of books in the Protestant Bible to the number of gods in a monotheistic religion. What is the sum?

From Quiz Mathematical Religion

Answer: 67

66 books in the Bible + 1 god = 67 According to Christian belief, there are 66 books in the Bible: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. The Old Testament consists of information prior to the time of Jesus. The New Testament consists of information during and after the time of Jesus. Mono means one, so a monotheistic religion only consists of one god. Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are perhaps the three major monotheistic religions in the world.

7. King David is the main focus of the book "The Secret Chord". Which Pulitzer Prize-winning Australian-American author penned this novel?

From Quiz Sixty Seconds in Kingdom Come

Answer: Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks is an Australian-American author and journalist known for her historical fiction novels. Brooks' works often explore historical events and figures with a focus on the lives of women and the impact of war. Her 2005 novel "March" which follows the fictional Mr. March of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women" won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. "The Secret Chord" is a historical novel by Geraldine Brooks, published in 2015. The novel reimagines the life of King David, a central figure in the Bible known for his role as a shepherd, warrior, as well as the second king of the United Kingdom of Israel and Judah, after King Saul. The title "The Secret Chord" is a reference to the harp played by David as well as a metaphor for the complexities of human nature.

8. MOVIES - "Full-Court Miracle" is a Disney film that incorporates both the Hanukkah story as well as the comeback story of Lamont Carr, a coach who takes a team to great heights. What game is played in the movie?

From Quiz The Great Hanukkah Quiz II

Answer: Basketball

"Full-Court Miracle" was released in 2003 by Disney and loosely tells the story of Lamont Carr, a basketball player-turned-coach. The story focuses on Alex, a high-school freshman who loves basketball but his hapless team has awful coaching. He enlists the help of the homeless Lamont, and together they make the team believe that they are able to overcome the odds and defeat the stronger teams. When, in the final game, the electricity goes out and the gas in the generator threatens to be finished, the Hanukkah miracle occurs allowing the gas to last long enough for the game to be played out. The story mirrors that of the Maccabees who were fighting the Seleucids. Against a stronger, better-funded, and better-trained foe, the Maccabees were able to overcome the odds and defeated the Greek army to liberate their homeland.

9. BRAIN TEASERS - In the letters of the word HANUKKAH can be found which other word of Hawaiian origin that might have been used to describe Mattathias the Hasmonean, the sage spiritual leader of the Maccabean revolt?

From Quiz The Great Hanukkah Quiz

Answer: Kahuna

Kahuna is the word that describes a person that is important or an expert in their field. The word comes from Hawai'i where it can be used as a title for an elder or a shaman. Mattathias the Hasmonean was a Cohen, or priest, of Jerusalem. When he saw the Hellenization that was taking place, he removed himself from the city and went back to Modi'in, the place he originally came from. He then killed the official that came to his house and told him to sacrifice an offering to the Greek gods. His rebellious act and the heavy-handedness of his sons helped spark the revolution that the Jews staged against their Greek oppressors.

10. Denzel Washington played Eli in the 2010 movie "The Book of Eli". He was successful in getting a Bible into the hands of preservationists. In the end, what made Eli's feat so remarkable?

From Quiz Pop Goes The Bible

Answer: Eli was blind.

Eli had the last copy of the Bible that he was trying to get to Alcatraz Island where it would be protected. Along the way he killed and maimed people in his pursuit. It was only when he reached Alcatraz Island that the people on the island realized he was blind. The Bible was in braille and Eli had memorized it.

11. The habits of women in monastic orders may be of many colours: Benedictines wear black, Carmelites wear brown, Salesians wear grey, Dominicans wear white, Redemptorists wear red and blue. What is "Blue Nun"?

From Quiz Nothing to Do with Religion

Answer: a light-coloured semi-sweet German wine

The colour(s) of a nun's habit are a clue to the order (and even sometimes to the smaller part of an order) to which the sister belongs. Different communities sometimes deviate from the over-all colour choice of their order. Blue Nun is a semi-sweet white wine produced in Germany. It was first made and marketed by H. Sichel Söhne (Mainz) in 1923. One of the reasons for calling it "Blue Nun" was because German wine-labeling conventions were thought too difficult for Americans to follow. Whacky British chef Heston Blumenthal used a Sodastream to carbonate Blue Nun on his television programme and started a craze.

12. What Biblical book name is common to dancer Grey, musician Billy, and noted film director Schumacher?

From Quiz Bible Book Names in Modern Pop Culture

Answer: Joel

Considered one of the "minor prophets" in the Hebrew Bible the name Joel is a popular namesake for many in the twentieth century. Director and producer Joel Schumacher brought "The Lost Boys" and "St. Elmo's Fire" to the silver screen.

13. Who was the first to identify and write a book describing the seven deadly sins? He was also the first to introduce the rules of Eastern monasticism into the West.

From Quiz "When You Have Sinned Grievously..."

Answer: St. John Cassian

St. John Cassian (360-435) was a monk that wrote the 'De institutis coenobiorum et de octo principalium vitiorum remediis libri XII'. In this work, Cassian described the obstacles (the seven deadly sins) that monks should overcome for their quest to spiritual perfection. These indications were later refined by Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-604). (See the Catholic Encyclopedia

14. Multiply the number of books that make up the Pentateuch with the number of gospels in the Bible. What is the product?

From Quiz Mathematical Religion

Answer: 20

5 books in the Pentateuch * 4 gospels = 20 The Pentateuch consists of the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. All of these books were written by Moses. It begins with the creation of the world and ends with the beginning of Israel. There are four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These books consist of various parts of Jesus's life. Each book focuses mainly on different parts of Jesus's life, which is why some things that may appear often in one book, occurs very little or not at all in the other books.

15. "In _____, it says that it is not good for man to be alone; but sometimes it is a great relief." - John Barrymore

From Quiz Bible Books in Quotes

Answer: Genesis

Yes, he's the grandfather of Drew and brother of Ethel and Lionel. He came from a family of performers, was married four times and died from the effects of years of heavy drinking. Barrymore was talking about Gen. 2:18 - 'The Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."' It is believed that Genesis was written by Moses, as were the other four of the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch.

16. The 1985 Bruce Beresford film "King David" follows the life of King David, mostly as told in the Bible. Which "Pretty Woman" star had the titular role as the King of a United Israel?

From Quiz Sixty Seconds in Kingdom Come

Answer: Richard Gere

"King David" is a Biblical epic film released in 1985 which was directed by Bruce Beresford. The film stars Richard Gere in the titular role of King David, Alice Krige as Bathsheba, and Edward Woodward as King Saul. The screenplay was written by Andrew Birkin, James Costigan, and Beresford, based on the Biblical accounts of King David's life. The film covers significant events from the life of King David as portrayed in the biblical narratives. It begins with David as a young shepherd who gains recognition by defeating the giant Goliath with a sling and a stone. It ends with David's triumphant reign as king after defeating his son Absalom who tried to rise up against him. "King David" is not considered to be one of the more successful or critically acclaimed Biblical movies. Richard Gere's casting as the King David was met with some controversy (despite the fact that his acting was praised) and the film did not achieve as much success as was hoped.

17. MUSIC - When Adam Sandler released his Hanukkah song, it wasn't really intended as more than a nutty release. However, the song gained traction and got a fanatical cult following. How does Adam Sandler reference Hanukkah? As "eight _____ nights"...

From Quiz The Great Hanukkah Quiz II

Answer: Crazy

"The Chanukah Song" by Adam Sandler was a response to all of the Christmas music that was playing. Sandler says at the beginning of the song that it's for all of the children who don't get a song about their holiday, and references many people in show business who are Jewish. The "eight crazy nights" lyric refers to the eight nights of Hanukkah, and this is because the little jug of kosher oil, which was supposed to have lasted only one night, was able to last eight until runners were able to find other kosher olive oil to replenish the oil in the menorah at the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and keep it lit.

18. Who was the singer of "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"?

From Quiz Pop Goes The Bible

Answer: Keith Urban

"John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" was Keith's first single on his ninth album. The song was written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, and Josh Osborne in 2015. Keith sings that everything he needed to know in his life he learned from the singer John Cougar (Mellencamp), the machine company John Deere, and the Bible verse John 3:16. The KJV of John 3:16 states, "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

19. When George Haven Putnam accused President Theodore Roosevelt of preaching, TR famously responded "Yes, Haven, most of us enjoy preaching, and I've got such a bully pulpit!" What is the pulpit on a ship or boat?

From Quiz Nothing to Do with Religion

Answer: a small extension of the bow's deck

In Christian churches, the pulpit is a raised stand from which preacher preaches or the officiant officiates. The term derives from the Latin "pulpitum" meaning a sort of platform or built-up stage. The pulpit on a boat protrudes from the bow. On some sailing ships, it is a walkway by which the jibs (forward-most sails) can be reached. Pulpits are often surrounded by a railing. They afford a safe place from which to fish, or to attend the raising and lowering of an anchor, or to mount red and green running lights, or to secure a mooring line, or for a lookout or even a harpooner.

20. What is a Roman Catholic postulancy?

From Quiz And Then There Were Nuns

Answer: A period of testing the life of a nun.

The process of becoming a Roman Catholic nun is somewhat involved, with different stages that nuns must go through to show their commitment. Since nuns are expected to commit to the lifestyle for their entire lives, convents typically give women a period of six months to two years to test the lifestyle and ensure that they are being called to the vocation.

21. This name is common to James Bond actor Dalton, 1960's pop culture hero Leary and notorious Oklahoma City bomber McVeigh.

From Quiz Bible Book Names in Modern Pop Culture

Answer: Timothy

Known as The Pastorals, Timothy is one of 3 epistles in The Bible (Timothy 1, Timothy 2 and Titus). It is believed that Charles Dickens' character Tiny Tim (A Christmas Carol) was an homage to the brave, young Christian character in The Good Book.

22. Who wrote in his 'Summa Theologica' that "Greed is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things"?

From Quiz "When You Have Sinned Grievously..."

Answer: St. Thomas Aquinas

'Summa Theologica', which is considered one of the most influential works in literature and theology, is the most famous work of St. Thomas Aquinas. It was never finished due to his death.

23. Take the number realms of existence in Buddhism. Then subtract the number of noble truths in Buddhism. What is the difference?

From Quiz Mathematical Religion

Answer: 2

6 realms of existence - 4 noble truths = 2 The 6 realms of existence are from lowest to highest: hell, hungry ghosts, animals, humans, anti-gods, gods. Buddhists believe in approximately 136 different types of hell, and it is here that the most amount of suffering occurs. It is in hell where the dharma or divine path is hardly even remembered, let alone practiced. The hungry ghosts realm consists of a desire or a greed that will most likely never be fulfilled. In the animal realm, there is ignorance. In the human realm, there is doubt. It is also in this realm only where liberation from all other states is possible. The anti-gods realm consists of jealousy and paranoia. The highest realm, the god realm, is where enlightenment can finally be reached. The 4 noble truths of Buddhism discuss suffering in some way, because neither humans nor the world is perfect. The four noble truths are: All life is marked by suffering; Suffering is caused by desire; Suffering can be eliminated; Suffering is eliminated by the Eightfold Path. The four noble truths were originally discovered by the Buddha during his time of enlightenment.

24. "No man ever listened himself out of a _____." - Calvin Coolidge

From Quiz Bible Books in Quotes

Answer: Job

Once President Coolidge was apprehended by a woman who said that she had made a bet with her friend; she had told her friend that she could make the President say three words. President Coolidge replied, "You lose". Incidentally, Job and Coolidge both experienced the loss of their children: Coolidge's youngest son died while he was in office as a result of an injury sustained while playing tennis.

25. The King David Tbilisi is a luxury living and commercial space in the heart of the city. It was called that, most likely, because the Bagrationi dynasty ruled the country for a long time... but which country?

From Quiz Sixty Seconds in Kingdom Come

Answer: Georgia

The Bagrationi are a royal family that historically ruled the Kingdom of Georgia. The Bagrationis are one of the oldest royal families in the world, with a history dating back over a thousand years. The name "Bagrationi" is derived from the Bagratid dynasty, which was the ruling dynasty of medieval Georgia, starting in the 8th century. In fact, they were in charge of the country, in one form or another, up until the early 19th century. The Bagrationi dynasty played a crucial role in the history of the Kingdom of Georgia, overseeing periods of expansion, cultural development, and political influence. The Bagrationi dynasty claimed to be descended from the Biblical King David. This claim was used to legitimize their rule and reinforce their royal status. The connection to King David is a common theme in various European and Middle Eastern royal families, known as the "Davidic line", which trace d their ancestry back to a popular and well-known ruler. Historians now agree that this claim is false, but nevertheless, their connection to the King of Israel was believable at the time.

26. PEOPLE - The story of Hanukkah tells of the Jewish revolt against the Hellenistic edicts of Antiochus IV. What illustrious epithet did he award himself?

From Quiz The Great Hanukkah Quiz II

Answer: Epiphanes

Antiochus IV Epiphanes (meaning, 'the great') was the ruler of the Seleucid Empire. This empire came about after the death of Alexander the Great and the fracturing of the great empire that he had set up. Antiochus IV was not originally destined to be the ruler; however, an assassination, a hostage situation, and a murder all led to Antiochus IV stealing the throne for himself. A corrupt leader, he embezzled money and was stealing from the coffers of the Holy Temple with a high priest of his own choosing. When Antiochus IV went to war against Egypt, reports of his death made their way back to Israel. Hearing this, Jews caused unrest. However, when these rumours were proven false and Antiochus returned, he decided to crush the Jews and laid down some laws that persecuted them greatly. This was the impetus for the great revolt of the Maccabees. Towards the end of his life, Antiochus began behaving erratically and gained the common epithet "Epimanes", meaning 'the crazy', which was also a play on the chosen epithet, Epiphanes.

27. Without saying the person's name, who was Sheldon referring to Leonard as when Sheldon gave him thirty pieces of silverware in the CBS series, "The Big Bang Theory"?

From Quiz Pop Goes The Bible

Answer: Judas

By giving Leonard thirty pieces of silverware, Sheldon was referring to Leonard as Judas in "The Large Hadron Collision" which aired in the United States on February 6, 2010. While Sheldon felt betrayed because Leonard was taking Penny to Switzerland instead of him, Judas was given thirty pieces of silver for betraying Jesus.

28. Small churches are often called chapels. Small churches are commonly built of stone or wood. Wooden churches are commonly painted white. What happened in Whitechapel 1888 that brought the district to international attention?

From Quiz Nothing to Do with Religion

Answer: Jack the Ripper killings

Whitechapel was, in the 1880s, a somewhat impoverished, somewhat slumlike district of the City of London, England. Five similar murders of prostitutes occurred there in 1888 which would come to be known as the work of Jack the Ripper. The victims all had their throats cut and all were surgically disemboweled suggesting a perpetrator with some medical anatomical knowledge. Subsequent murders were grouped with "the canonical five" but, as the crimes were never solved, the connection could not be conclusively established.

29. Musician Tori and Good Times actor John both share this Biblical name. It is also the counterpart of "Andy" in a long-running radio show. Which book of The Bible is described here?

From Quiz Bible Book Names in Modern Pop Culture

Answer: Amos

Amos was a prophet who chastised the Israelites for their lifestyle. An example of his efforts is found in the book that bears his name. The Israelites condemned him by asking, "Who are you to come into Bethel and Samaria and preach against us?". Defiantly Amos replied, "The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?". Amos 3:8)

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