Quiz about The Patriarchs did WHAT
Quiz about The Patriarchs did WHAT

The Patriarchs did WHAT?! Trivia Quiz


Genesis is full of great people who did very questionable things. Here are questions about ten of them.

A multiple-choice quiz by Ptichka. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
Ptichka
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
362,409
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Average
Avg Score
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1. When Abram and Sarai (who later became Abraham and Sarah) came to Egypt, Abram said Sarai was his sister, not his wife. He was afraid that if he told the truth, he would be killed. What happened next? Hint

Sarai was sold to Pharaoh as a slave.
Sarai became a part of Pharaoh's harem.
Sarai married Pharaoh and bore him a son.
Sarai told Pharaoh the truth.

2. Lot's wife was rather famous for becoming a pillar of salt. But what odd thing did Lot's daughters do? Hint

They converted to Buddhism.
They stole their mother's jewels and ran away with Egyptian merchants.
They got their father drunk and made him "lie with them" while he was drunk.
They engaged in acts that led to the term "Sodomy".

3. When Sarah believed she would never have a child, she suggested Abraham take on Hagar as a concubine to produce a legitimate heir. However, when Sarah did after all have a son, she turned against Hagar. What did Abraham and Sarah do to Hagar? Hint

Sent her away.
Arranged to have her killed.
Sold her to the pharaoh.
Married her of to an Egyptian priest.

4. Patriarch Jacob famously tricked his brother. What exactly did he do? Hint

Sent the wrong woman to his brother on the wedding night.
Got his brother drunk.
Sold his brother a coat of many colors.
Bought his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew.

5. Jacob's father-in-law Laban was a famous trickster, sending in Leah instead of Rachel into Jacobs bedchamber on the wedding night. But how did Rachel, one of the matriarchs, trick him? Hint

She ran off with Jacob instead of the man who already received dowry for Rachel.
She fed sheep a diet that made them pure white, thus marking them as hers.
She stole family idols, hid them under her skirt, and refused to get up because she was menstruating.
She got Laban to bless her as the firstborn instead of her older sister.

6. Prince Shechem fell in love with Jacob's daughter Dinah. He raped her, but later asked to marry her. Jacob agreed on the condition that all men in the city get circumcised. What happened then? Hint

Men were circumcised; Shechem and Dinah got happily married.
Men were circumcised; Dinah's brothers then slaughtered them.
Shechem refused to have his men circumcised; Dinah's brothers then slaughtered them.
Shechem refused to have his men circumcised; Jacob had no choice but to consent to marriage anyway.

7. Reuben was Jacob's oldest son. What did he do to lose his birthright? Hint

Slept with Jacob's concubine/wife.
Lied to his brothers.
Stole his grandfather's idols.
Attempted to trick his father into giving him a larger share of the inheritance.

8. Tamar was Judah's daughter-in-law. How did she trick him into impregnating her? Hint

She got him drunk.
She pretended to be a prostitute.
She dressed up as his wife.
She pleaded with him to get her pregnant.

9. Jacob's son Joseph really got on his brothers' nerves. What did they do to him? Hint

Killed him.
Subjected him to a beating.
Refused to speak to him.
Sold him into slavery.

10. When Joseph's brothers came to the palace to ask for food, Joseph recognized them but did not reveal himself. After he told them to come back with their youngest brother Benjamin, he played a trick on them. What exactly did Joseph do? Hint

Sold Reuben a bowl of lentil stew for the birthright.
Arranged to have Benjamin abducted.
Placed a goblet in Benjamin's bag and accused him of theft.
Made his brothers help him deceive Jacob such that he'd give Joseph the birthright.


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. When Abram and Sarai (who later became Abraham and Sarah) came to Egypt, Abram said Sarai was his sister, not his wife. He was afraid that if he told the truth, he would be killed. What happened next?

Answer: Sarai became a part of Pharaoh's harem.

Abram was indeed Sarai's brother as they shared the same father. Pharaoh's people showered Abram with gifts to get her to become a part of Pharaoh's household - that is believed to be an euphemism for joining the harem. However, G-d sent the plague onto the Pharaoh's house until the latter realized the truth of the matter, restored Sarai to Abram, and sent the couple away.

Interestingly enough, Genesis then repeats a very similar story twice - about Abraham and Sarah, and then about Isaac and Rebecca.
2. Lot's wife was rather famous for becoming a pillar of salt. But what odd thing did Lot's daughters do?

Answer: They got their father drunk and made him "lie with them" while he was drunk.

After escaping from Sodom, Lot lived in remote mountains with his daughters. At some point, they realized they had no chance to marry and have children. They then got their father drunk and "lay with him" on two consecutive nights. The sons they conceived fathered nations that became enemies of Israelites - Moabites and Ammonites.
3. When Sarah believed she would never have a child, she suggested Abraham take on Hagar as a concubine to produce a legitimate heir. However, when Sarah did after all have a son, she turned against Hagar. What did Abraham and Sarah do to Hagar?

Answer: Sent her away.

When Sarah told Abraham she wanted to send away Hagar and her son Ishmael, Abraham was first horrified, but was later told by G-d that it was OK. In the desert, Hagar and Ishmael almost died of thirst, but G-d provided them with a well that saved their lives.

Some Jewish religious scholars believe that after Sarah's death Abraham sought out Hagar and married her (though this view is far from unanimous).
4. Patriarch Jacob famously tricked his brother. What exactly did he do?

Answer: Bought his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew.

While Esau and Jacob were twins, Esau came out first and therefore had the birthright. Coming in from working the fields one day, Esau begged Jacob for a bowl of stew he was cooking. The latter agreed - on the condition he get the birthright. With Rebecca's help, Jacob further tricked his father Isaac into blessing him as the firstborn. No wonder Esau then got so angry Jacob had to flee!
5. Jacob's father-in-law Laban was a famous trickster, sending in Leah instead of Rachel into Jacobs bedchamber on the wedding night. But how did Rachel, one of the matriarchs, trick him?

Answer: She stole family idols, hid them under her skirt, and refused to get up because she was menstruating.

As Jacob fled Laban's household with his family (and his sheep), Rachel, unbeknownst to him, stole the family idols. When Laban barged in looking for them, Jacob swore that whoever has stolen them would be put to death. However, when Laban came to search his daughter's tent, she refused to get up on the grounds she was menstruating. Laban fled as fast as he could - good riddance!
6. Prince Shechem fell in love with Jacob's daughter Dinah. He raped her, but later asked to marry her. Jacob agreed on the condition that all men in the city get circumcised. What happened then?

Answer: Men were circumcised; Dinah's brothers then slaughtered them.

Shechem so loved Dinah that he convinced his father Hamor to agree to have all men circumcised. As the men lay recuperating from the painful procedure, Dinah's brothers Simeon and Levi came in and slaughtered them. Jacob was none too pleased about it!
7. Reuben was Jacob's oldest son. What did he do to lose his birthright?

Answer: Slept with Jacob's concubine/wife.

On his deathbed, Jacob mentioned that the reason he wasn't giving a larger share of land to Reuben despite him being the oldest was that he had a relationship with Bilhah. Bilhah was Rachel's handmaid who was became Jacob's concubine to produce sons that would be considered Rachel's. Both she and Zilpah are alternatively referred to as Jacob's wives or household servants in Genesis.
8. Tamar was Judah's daughter-in-law. How did she trick him into impregnating her?

Answer: She pretended to be a prostitute.

Tamar was first married to Judah's eldest son Er. After he died, Er's youngest brother Onan was supposed to impregnate her; children of that union would be considered to be Er's and be the main inheritor. Onan, however "spilled his seed on the ground" and was subsequently killed by G-d as punishment. Judah was supposed to then have his youngest son impregnate Tamar, but he failed to do so. Tamar then dressed up as harlot and had Judah lay with her. Upon hearing of Tamar's pregnancy, Judah was furious until he recognized that he was indeed the father. Tamar gave birth to twin boys Perez and Zerah. Christians believe that Perez was the direct ancestor of Jesus.
9. Jacob's son Joseph really got on his brothers' nerves. What did they do to him?

Answer: Sold him into slavery.

Joseph's brothers were so angry with him they wanted to kill him. However, Judah convinced them to sell Joseph to a passing Egyptian merchant instead. They then ripped his multicolored coat and dipped it in blood to make Jacob believe Joseph was killed by beasts.
10. When Joseph's brothers came to the palace to ask for food, Joseph recognized them but did not reveal himself. After he told them to come back with their youngest brother Benjamin, he played a trick on them. What exactly did Joseph do?

Answer: Placed a goblet in Benjamin's bag and accused him of theft.

When Joseph's brothers came back to Egypt with Benjamin, Joseph placed a silver goblet in his brother's bag and accused him of theft. Only after Benjamin was arrested and brought back to the palace did Joseph finally reveal himself to his astonished brothers.
Source: Author Ptichka

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