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Biblical Terms In Contemporary English

written by: marcing
 
This quiz focuses on English words and phrases that have biblical origin. It's more a linguistic quiz than a biblical one.

Question 1:


What kind of person may you call "Judas"?
Someone who follows you
A thief
A person who committed suicide
A friend who betrayed you

Question 2:


Which of the following events can be referred to as an "Armageddon"?
A battle between former allies
A death of a charismatic leader
The last and completely destructive battle
The last gathering of a group of friends

Question 3:


Which use of "Goliath" is correct?
Switzerland is the Goliath of international politics.
Fiesta is a real Goliath among Ford's models.
The FIFA 2006 World Cup final between France and Italy was like David against Goliath.
The local grocery successfully competed against the nearby Goliath supermaket

Question 4:


How would you describe a "Samaritan"?
An egoist
A person who helps people in need
A person who migrates to a foreign country
An enemy

Question 5:


Who is the "salt of the earth"?
People who spread gossips
People who do not keep their word
All Christians
Decent, reliable people

Question 6:


Who can be best described as "doubting Thomas"?
A scientist (especially in physics, mathematics, chemistry and biology)
Anyone who doesn't believe in God
A left-wing politician
Someone who believes only what he sees

Question 7:


Which of the following can be described as a "prodigal son"?
The firstborn son
The youngest son in the family
A son that is very obedient and does dutifully everything his parents tell him
A young man who wastes his parents' money on parties

Question 8:


What does the sentence "Ann was the apple of Mark's eye" tell us about the relation between those two?
Mark is deeply in love with Ann.
Ann hates Mark.
Ann is deeply in love with Mark.
Mark hates Ann.

Question 9:


What characteristic is commonly attributed to King Solomon?
Wisdom
Lust
Wealth
Hunger

Question 10:


What message am I conveying, if I say "I don't know him from Adam"?
I know very little about the person.
I don't know his true character.
In spite of the negative form, the idiom means that you know someone very well.
The person is completely unknown to me.

Question 11:


What does the phrase "of biblical proportions" mean?
related to a flood
of little importance
very sinful in its nature
of a vast, enormous scale

Question 12:


If John knows Mary "in the biblical sense", what can we say about the pair?
Their parents decided about their marriage.
Mary is John's sister.
They have had sex.
They are in a Platonic relationship (ie. love, but no sex).

 


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