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1. Before 'The Handmaid's Tale' begins, there are three quotes that set the scene and tone of the novel. The first one is from the Bible. Which Old Testament story is it taken from?
2. The story opened with Offred recalling her time in an old converted school, where women slept on army cots in the gymnasium. There were male guards outside. What was the name of their rank?
3. Offred lives in the Commander's house with his wife and two Marthas. Is 'Martha' a biblical reference?
4. The place that Offred lived in was named after a fertile hill country in Genesis. What was it called?
5. In the Bible, Jezebel was a Phoenician who worshiped Baal. Who or what was Jezebel in 'The Handmaid's Tale'?
6. In 'The Handmaid's Tale', women were not allowed to read, so shops were identified by symbols rather than words. Where did the handmaids buy their food?
7. The way handmaids must have their hair is based on something Paul wrote in the New Testament. According to Aunt Lydia, how should women's hair be?
8. Nick was not supposed to talk to Offred, so when he greeted her after her walk, she remembered a biblical quote that Aunt Lydia had said: 'all flesh is weak'. Offred mentally corrected her, quoting Isaiah. Finish the quote: 'all flesh is...'.
9. For the first couple of weeks when Offred and Ofglen went shopping, they greeted each other with an accepted phrase. What was it?
10. Offred admitted that she sometimes sang illicit songs to herself in her head. She misquoted an old hymn, singing 'Was bound, but now am free'. What was the title of the song?
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